Below is a nonexhaustive list of incidents of gun store burglaries and robberies across the states. The authors looked at online news sources to identify recent cases.
Guns & Ammo, Tuscaloosa, July 201651
Forty-five guns were stolen during a burglary of this gun store.
Patriot Gun Sales, Montgomery, March 201652
Eighteen guns were stolen during a burglary of this gun store.
Mat-Su Tactical, LLC, Wasilla, March 201453
A lone perpetrator stole three pistols and a rifle from this gun store.
Black Rock Arms, Mesa, December 201654
A group of perpetrators stole 23 guns from this gun store.
Turtle Creek Pawn, Jonesboro, February 201755
A truck was used to smash through the back entrance of this pawn store, allowing four perpetrators to steal 64 guns.
Seven gun stores, Southern California, August–November 201556
A group of perpetrators burglarized seven different gun stores in Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties during a four-month period, stealing a total of 128 guns.
Fresno Firearms, Fresno, December 201457
Armed perpetrators stole 13 handguns and critically injured an 85-year-old man during a robbery of this gun store.
Four gun stores, Denver and Colorado Springs, April–June 201758
A group of perpetrators broke into four gun stores during a three-month period and stole a total of more than 45 guns.
Colorado Gun Broker, Jefferson County, June 201659
Thirty-five guns were stolen during a burglary of this gun store.
RJC Firearms, Pueblo, September 201560
A group of four perpetrators broke into this gun store and stole 12 guns.
Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post, Woodbridge, June 201561
Perpetrators used a stolen car to drive through the window of this gun store and steal an unspecified number of weapons.
Southern Delaware Shooters Gun Shop, Laurel, February 201162
Three perpetrators stole 14 firearms from this gun store.
Sunshine State Armory, Zephyrhills, April 201763
Robbers drove a truck through the window of this gun store and stole an unspecified number of firearms before driving away.
Guns Galore, Lakeland, January 201764
Nearly 50 guns were stolen during the second burglary of this gun store in just over a month.
Tampa Arms Company, Tampa, November 201665
A group of more than 10 suspects broke into this gun store around 3:00 a.m. and stole approximately 40 guns. They gained entry to the store by ramming a truck through the storefront.
Shooting Sports, Tampa, October 201566
Perpetrators used heavy machinery to break a hole in the concrete wall of this gun store, then stole 42 handguns in a burglary that took only 60 seconds.
Backwoods Armory, Statesboro, June 201667
A thief stole 55 guns from this gun store.
Shots Fired, Covington, February 201668
Four thieves stole more than 40 guns during a burglary of this gun store.
Blue Water Hunter, Kona, January, 201569
Seventeen guns were stolen by an unknown number of perpetrators from this hunting supply store.
Bargain Barn, Plummer, July 201670
Two guns were stolen from this pawn shop.
Eagle Sports Range, Oak Forest, April 201771
Perpetrators used a cinder block to break the window of this gun store and range, then stole at least 40 firearms.
Buchheit of Centralia, Centralia, November 201472
A pair of perpetrators used a stolen truck to smash through the security gates in the parking lot of this general retailer, then broke the store’s windows and stole 39 guns and at least 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
Gunslingers, Anderson, May 201673
Two perpetrators stole three guns, ammunition, and accessories during a burglary of this gun store.
KS & E Sports, Lawrence, November 201574
Armed robbers stole 43 guns from this gun store during a robbery that occurred during business hours.
America’s Second Amendment Firearms, Cedar Rapids, June 201775
An unknown number of firearms was stolen from this gun store.
Signature Manufacturing, Merriam, April 201776
A thief stole thousands of dollars worth of firearms from this gun store.
111 Gun Shop, Louisville, July 201677
Perpetrators drove a vehicle into the front of this gun store, then stole an unknown number of guns.
Meaux Guns and Ammo, Baton Rouge, July 201578
Three perpetrators stole more than 50 guns from this gun store.
Center Street Pawn Shop, Bangor, October 201679
A lone thief stole 16 handguns in a smash-and-grab robbery of this pawn shop.
United Gun Shop, Rockville, March 201780
A pair of perpetrators stole 30 guns during a 90-second burglary of this gun store.
Blue Fins, Dundalk, August 201681
Five perpetrators stole 36 guns, cash, and other items from this bait and gun store during an armed robbery.
Fred’s Sports and Furniture, Waldorf, February 201482
Perpetrators broke into this gun store, stole more than 70 handguns, then set the store on fire, destroying it.
Hitman Firearms, Tyngsborough, February 201683
Thieves stole four handguns from this gun shop.
Felix’s Marina and Guns, Robinson Township, October 201484
Approximately 30 handguns were stolen from this sporting goods and gun store during a burglary in which the perpetrator used a hammer to smash through a glass display case.
U.S. Lumber Company, Battle Creek, September 201485
Three armed perpetrators stole 26 guns from this building materials store during an after-hours burglary.
Millville Rod and Gun Shop, Millville, September 201686
A group of three perpetrators broke into this gun store and stole approximately 75 guns.
Cook’s Gun Shop, D’Iberville, February 201487
A thief used a truck to ram through the front of this gun store and stole nine handguns.
Eagle Armory, O’Fallon, June 201788
Thieves used a U-Haul truck to back into the front of this gun store and escaped with at least 20 guns.
All Season Motorsports, Sidney, August 201489
Thirteen guns were stolen during a burglary of this sporting goods store.
Archer Arms Pawn Shop and BigShots Indoor Range and Gun Store, Lincoln, February 201790
Two thieves stole 39 handguns in two separate robberies.
New Frontier Armory, North Las Vegas, August 201691
An unknown number of perpetrators stole 27 firearms from this gun store.
Wicked Weaponry Firearms, Hooksett, February 201692
A pair of thieves stole four firearms from this gun store.
Bull Dog Firearms, Warriors Edge Armory, and Butch’s Guns, Albuquerque, December 201693
Four thieves used an SUV to ram into the storefronts of three gun stores in a three-hour span and stole an unspecified number of firearms.
Intimidator Sports, Syracuse, November 201494
Two perpetrators smashed the front doors of this gun store with a sledgehammer, then stole nine handguns.
D&M Shooting Sports, Palmyra, January 201395
Twenty-five guns were stolen from this gun store during a burglary.
Trigger Happy Guns, Clayton, June 201796
Five rifles were stolen from this store during a burglary.
Tamz Guns & Ammo and Mackey’s Landing Firearms, Jamesville, April 201797
A group of perpetrators broke into these two gun stores on two separate occasions and stole multiple firearms from each store.
NAPA/Myers Auto Parts, Williston, September 201498
Four thieves stole at least 44 guns from this store.
Center Mass Defense, Hamilton, March 201799
A group of three perpetrators broke into this gun store by shooting out the glass in the front door and stole a total of six guns.
J&D Firearms, Warren, March 2016100
A pair of perpetrators stole 30 guns from this gun store.
Vandalia Range and Armory, Palmer Firearms, and the Miami Armory, Dayton, August 2015101
A team of perpetrators burglarized three gun stores during a four-day period, stealing a total of 77 guns.
Tulsa Firearms, Tulsa, September 2011102
An unknown number of perpetrators stole 26 guns from this store.
Advanced Firearms Training, Gresham, April 2017103
Four revolvers, two semi-automatic handguns, and one AR-15 assault rifle were stolen by a perpetrator from this gun store.
R&J Welch, Muncy, February 2017104
Eleven handguns were stolen during a burglary of this gun store.
Arrowhead Outdoors, GNR Sporting Goods, and Fulmer’s Sporting Goods, north-central Pennsylvania, May–June 2016105
A pair of perpetrators burglarized three gun stores during a two-month period, stealing a total of 93 guns.
Walmart, Waynesboro, October 2015106
A pair of perpetrators stole five rifles during two separate robberies of this store.
Delaware Valley Sports Center, Bustleton, June 2014107
Two perpetrators stole seven firearms and critically wounded one person in a robbery of this gun store.
Five Star Gun, Longs, October 2016108
An unknown number of perpetrators stole 229 firearms from this gun store during Hurricane Matthew.
The Rooster Store, Rapid City, April 2016109
An unknown number of perpetrators stole 25 guns from this gun shop, three of which were later connected to a homicide and a police shooting in Denver.
The Tactical Edge, Clarksville, June 2017110
An unknown number of perpetrators conducted a smash-and-grab robbery and stole 45 handguns and rifles from this gun store, marking the first of two gun store robberies in this area in two weeks.
Guns and Ammo, Mount Juliet, June 2017111
Thieves stole 15 handguns and a rifle from this gun store, marking the second gun store robbery in the area in a two-week span.
R&G Guns, Alvin, May 2017112
A group of perpetrators used a stolen truck to pull the door off of this gun store, then stole more than a dozen guns.
Shooter’s Edge, Waxahachie, July 2016113
Perpetrators drove a stolen truck through the brick wall of this gun store, then stole multiple guns.
Webyshops, Arlington, April 2016114
A pair of perpetrators broke into this outdoor sports store and stole more than 50 guns.
Carter’s Country Guns and Ammo, Houston, March 2016115
A group of roughly 10 perpetrators stole more than 50 firearms during a burglary of this gun store.
Flawless Firearms, West Jordan, November 2016116
Two thieves stole nine firearms, including two machine guns, from this gun shop.
R&L Archery, Barre, March 2015117
A perpetrator broke into this gun store and stole 12 handguns from a display case, then drove to Hartford, Connecticut, and traded the guns to a drug dealer in exchange for heroin and cocaine.
Rite Way Sports Shop, Hardwick, April 2014118
Thirty-two guns were stolen during a burglary of this gun store.
50 West Armory, A.S.H. Tactical, and SSG Tactical, Chantilly and Fredericksburg, March 2017119
Three perpetrators robbed three gun stores over a four-day period, stealing more than 35 semi-automatic handguns.
Gail’s Bait & Tackle, Chesapeake, November 2016 and January 2017120
A perpetrator broke into this gun store on two separate occasions and stole a total of four rifles.
TNT Outfitters, Appomattox, January 2016121
Four perpetrators burglarized this gun store and stole 56 firearms.
Federal Way Indoor Range LLC, Federal Way, January 2017 122
Four thieves store 31 firearms from a gun range during this burglary.
Sportsmen’s Gun and Pawn, Barboursville, May 2017123
An unspecified number of thieves stole more than 100 firearms from this gun store.
Armageddon Supplies, Janesville, April 2017124
An anti-government extremist used a hammer to break through the front windows of this gun store; stole 18 guns, two silencers, and ammunition; then led authorities on a manhunt. The store had been burglarized less than a year prior to this incident.
Jon’s Gun Shop, Oshkosh, May 2015125
Eleven semi-automatic guns were stolen during a burglary of this gun store.
Dragoon Armory, Cheyenne, May 2017126
Three perpetrators broke into this gun store and stole an unspecified number of firearms.