Women and Crime Guns: Stories Lifted from the Headlines
Operation LIPSTICK | 2016
Straw purchasing is one of the most common ways criminals acquire guns, accounting for almost 50% of trafficking investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Research shows that firearms purchased by women are disproportionately used to commit crimes. The news reports compiled in this study confirm what academic research, police, court records and interviews with federally licensed firearms dealers all point to: men who cannot legally purchase guns often use women to “straw purchase” guns for them. This report shows how women arm firearms traffickers and other criminals. Most importantly, it shows why a successful strategy to curb the criminal violence wracking our communities must also involve women.