5 manufacturers responsible for over half of guns seized in a dozen cities: Study

Glock is the top manufacturer of recovered guns in nine of the 12 cities.

July 20, 2022, 10:36 AM

More than half of the guns seized on the streets of a dozen American cities after being used in crimes were made by five manufacturers, according to data released Wednesday by the mayors of those cities.

The group is gathered in New York for a summit on preventing gun violence.

The top manufacturer of recovered guns is Glock in nine of the 12 cities. On average, more than one and a half times more Glocks were recovered than the second-leading manufacturer in each of those nine cities.

Five gun manufacturers accounted for over half of the guns recovered: Glock (16.6%), Taurus (12.4%), Smith & Wesson (11.8%), Ruger (6.5%) and Polymer80 (3.8%). These five manufacturers accounted for nearly 10,000 guns recovered in crimes in 2021.

"We're dealing with the same problem: a $9 billion industry turning their profits into our pain," New York Mayor Eric Adams told ABC News in an appearance on "Good Morning America" with the mayors of Buffalo, New York; Little Rock, Arkansas; and St. Louis.

PHOTO: In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a security guard stands outside the Glock, Inc. headquarters in Smyrna, Ga.
In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a security guard stands outside the Glock, Inc. headquarters in Smyrna, Ga.
David Goldman/AP, FILE

"Over 110 people are killed by guns every day in our country," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. "Something has to be done."

The mayors have convened to discuss strategies to combat gun violence and "to get that gun before it hits our streets," Adams said.

Putting a focus on the manufacturers is deliberate, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones said.

"If this were any other industry that was as deadly then the government would have already acted to make sure that we got rid of whatever was killing our citizens," Jones said. "We haven't seen that action from the federal government so we have to look at the root causes and try to cure gun violence in our cities."

PHOTO: New York City Mayor Eric Adams exits a news conference with New York Attorney General Letitia James and others where they announced a new lawsuit against "ghost gun" distributors on June 29, 2022 in New York City.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams exits a news conference with New York Attorney General Letitia James and others where they announced a new lawsuit against "ghost gun" distributors on June 29, 2022 in New York City.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images, FILE

Absent additional federal action, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott said it is left to local leaders to solve the problem.

"Any of us at any point in time will receive a phone call about a homicide and 99.9% of the time it relates to a gun," Scott said. "We have to address the guns."

ABC News' Max Zahn contributed to this report.

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