DALLAS (AP) — Federal authorities say Texas has far and away the largest number of firearms in the U.S. reported as lost or stolen.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a report this week showing there were 18,874 firearms lost or stolen in Texas in 2012. The figure represents 10 percent of the total national number. The next closest state was Georgia with 12,906. Following in order were Florida, 12,571; California, 10,639; and North Carolina, 9,320.
Rhode Island had the fewest missing in 2012 with 226 followed by North Dakota with 273.
The figures represent just those firearms reported missing to federal agencies and are seen as falling far below actual numbers.
The bureau publishes the report annually to increase transparency while providing additional data for law enforcement to share.