Martha Houle: A gun is stolen in the United States every 52 seconds. Let that sink in.

According to recent studies, the rate of gun thefts from vehicles has doubled nationwide over the past decade. For example, in Tennessee the rate nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017 alone. Other states are seeing 70% increases year after year. Police are reporting that more guns are being stolen from vehicles in broad daylight and in public areas, on a regular basis.

You’re especially vulnerable when parking outside of a stadium, airport, or other places where you aren’t legally permitted to carry a gun. While you may believe your gun is safe behind the locked doors of your vehicle, you should also be aware that parking lots, particularly those in gun-free zones, are like gun stores for criminals.

Edwin Walker: According to a study from the FBI, from 2012 to 2015 nearly 1.2 million guns were stolen nationwide.

When your gun is stolen, it has already found its way into the hands of a criminal. While this is not what any law-abiding gun owner intends, it doesn’t change the fact that you will be forced to take action. You will need to have the proper documentation in order, and you will need to notify the authorities. And if the gun ends up at a crime scene before you report it, your name could end up on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

Texas LawShield President, Kirk Evans: Hi, I’m Kirk Evans, President of Texas LawShield. Thank you for watching and thank you for being a Texas LawShield member.

I hope you found this video enlightening, because the harsh truth is that criminals are increasingly targeting vehicles as a location to find guns. Hundreds of thousands of guns are stolen every single year, with many of them turning up at grisly crime scenes, and without an obvious culprit, the gun’s legal owner quickly becomes a person of interest.

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