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Charlotte dealer No. 2 on list of stores selling 'crime guns'

Posted December 13, 2010

— A Charlotte gun dealer ranked second in the nation in a list of stores selling guns later linked to crimes, according to data published Monday by The Washington Post.

The Post obtained the list of stores across the nation that had the most traces for firearms recovered by police as part of a special report on gun trafficking.

More than 2,000 guns sold by Charlotte's Hyatt Coin and Gun, at 3332 Wilkinson Blvd., were classified as "crime guns" recovered by police since 2006, according to federal data.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) defines a crime gun as “any firearm that is illegally possessed, used in a crime, or suspected to have been used in a crime.”

Larry Hyatt told The Post that the Charlotte store sells 50 guns a day, but can't be held responsible for the weapons once they leave the store. He said guns could be resold, inherited or stolen, The Post reported.

The Top 10 dealers of "crime guns" in America are:

Vance Outdoors, Columbus, Ohio – 2,390 traces

Hyatt Coin and Gun, Charlotte, N.C. – 2,055 traces

Dons Guns and Galleries, Indianapolis – 1,910 traces

Guns and Ammo, Memphis – 1,865 traces

Arrowhead Pawn, Jonesboro, Georgia – 1,720 traces

Badger Guns, W. Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 1,700 traces

Trader Sports, San Leandro, California – 1,605 traces

Lone Wolf Trading Co, Glendale, Arizona – 1,515 traces

Candler Road Pawn Shop, Decatur, Georgia – 1,325 traces

Shooters of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida – 1,320 traces


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  • btneast Dec 14, 2010

    It sells more clicks to make statistically meaningless, but sensational headlines.

    I'm just trying to help WRAL find their next group of innocent merchants to demonize in order to help sell ad space...

    Yep, don't be fooled by their claims of 1st amendment rights or the public's right to know.....it's all about the Benjamins.

  • dixieboy Dec 14, 2010

    RKBA - Well said.

  • chfdcpt Dec 13, 2010

    COPs eye: my wife is from Germany, here legally, not committing a crime, has a green card. Are you saying she shouldn't be allowed to get a gun if she thought she needed one to protect herself???

    If she is in country legally, yes, she can legally purchase a hand gun in NC...


  • chfdcpt Dec 13, 2010

    In order to buy a handgun in NC, you need to have a valid pistol purchase permit, which you can only get from the Sheriff in the county which you live in. That means that you have to fill out the application form, show proper ID to the folks at the SO, and they will do a criminal background check. If you pass the check, then you are called that you can come and pick up the pistol purchase permits. And you still have to show proper ID to pick them up at the Sheriff's office.

    Or, you can show your valid Concealed Weapons Permit, which means that you have gone thru a thorough criminal background check by the Sheriff.

    But that is not all. Be it a permit or a CCW, when you want to buy the gun, the dealer has to call the the federal NICS (National Instant Check System) and get approval before the sale can proceed.

    And don't forget, permit or ccw, you still have to fill out the ATF forms at the store and show your license.

  • Tax Man Dec 13, 2010

    rand321 - I believe you meant Citizens and LEGAL residents. And that is the law anyway, in addition to no convicted felons, mentally ill, bad military discharges, persons charged with domestic violence, fugitives from justice, and many other restrictions on gun ownership and possession. The real problem is that those who are not allowed to have guns still get them illegally and just don't care to obey the law!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Dec 13, 2010

    Lets see which judge marries the most people who end up getting divorced?

    How about which ABC store sells the most liquor to people who end up in car wrecks or wife beatings?

    How about the supermarket that sells the most cigarettes to people who get lung cancer.

    I'm just trying to help WRAL find their next group of innocent merchants to demonize in order to help sell ad space...

  • Tax Man Dec 13, 2010

    The question is, did this dealer sell the gun to the criminal who used it in the crime? If not, then these traces are irrelevant. What if the gun were purchased legally, used legally and later stolen? The gun store and the original purchaser had nothing to do with the criminal so the trace means absolutely nothing. We need more info WRAL - how many of these traces were for the original purchaser of the guns actually used by that person in committing the crimes? That is what is important.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Dec 13, 2010

    I guess nobody thought to normalize this data to the actual number of guns sold.

    I mean...if they sold 10 times more guns than the next store, they'd probably have ten times more guns used in crime than the next store.

    Perhaps that doesn't fit the agenda however. It sells more clicks to make statistically meaningless, but sensational headlines.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 13, 2010

    Give the dealer credit... he keeps good records.

  • chivegas Dec 13, 2010

    Well, it's nice to see Charlotte make a top ten list in something...