Study: Mississippi leads nation in illegal guns

By Karrie Leggett

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi leads the nation in exported guns used in crimes, according to a new study.

According to a study released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a high number of illegal guns used in crimes come from Mississippi.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns say weak gun laws result in some states becoming "crime gun" exporters.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree supports Mayors Against Illegal Guns and says one key to removing Mississippi's top spot among illegal gun exporting is tougher laws.

"First of all it's the education letting people know what is happening and that illegal guns are illegal," said Dupree. "People ought to report those kinds of guns, and state law makers ought to make it where that it is not only illegal, but they can put some teeth in it and make sure that if you are caught with those you serve whatever penalty that you have to serve."

West Virginia, Kentucky, Alaska and Alabama rounded out the top five for exporting illegal guns, according to the report.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns aims to curb illegal firearm trafficking and help law enforcement identify illegal weapons. Gun rights groups oppose the organization, saying they are politically motivated and wish to make it more difficult to legally possess firearms.

Over 400 mayors are part of this organization, and Wal-Mart has agreed to partner with the group "to help ensure that guns do not fall into the wrong hands."

The National Rifle Association opposes the organization and has sent out over 600,000 copies of an article stating their opposition to subscribers to their news magazine in which they claim the group aims to wage war on legal gun ownership.

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