ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- It’s no secret that a number of stolen guns are in the hands of criminals who are walking the streets of St. Louis, but according to the St. Louis Police Department's Facebook page, the number is on the rise. There are a total of 126 guns that have been reported stolen in the City of St. Louis so far this year. Another nine guns have been reported lost. That is a 55 percent increase from the numbers during the same time period last year.
Another 410 guns have been seized by police. Most of these guns are bought by law abiding citizens, and then stolen from their homes or cars.
Chief Sam Dotson has been out spoken about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. He has said state lawmakers need to do a better job of balancing the right to bear arms with public safety.
The chief also says people who are found with stolen guns need to be behind bars for longer sentences.