Stolen guns take years to recover | The Augusta Chronicle

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Stolen guns take years to recover | The Augusta Chronicle

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Victims of firearm thefts might wait as long as a decade before being reunited with their guns.

According to a report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, more than 190,000 thefts werereported nationwide in 2012, and many happened close to home.

Georgia ranked second in the nation with 12,602 firearms reported stolen in 2012, the report said. No. 1-ranked Texas had 18,435 reported thefts in 2012.

Locally, there have been 160 reports of firearms stolen in Richmond County in 2013. The Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office has seen 35 reports in June alone, Investigator Keith McGarity said.

In Columbia County, there have been 24 cases of stolen firearms for 2013. Capt. Steve Morris said that number remains fairly consistent year after year.

“I wouldn’t say there has been an increase in thefts,” he said. “That number is typical. However, many of these firearms are being stolen from vehicles that aren’t secured.”

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