Report Ranks Corbin In The Top Ten For Recovered Guns

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

It's ranked in the top ten in the state for the amount of recovered guns and it's a community right here in Eastern Kentucky. We're talking about Corbin which is detailed in a report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

ATF agents say one of their main missions is to reduce violent crime and one of the ways they say they do that is by tracking guns where they've come from and who they're going to.

ATF officials say they also work to get guns out of the hands of those people who legally shouldn't have them such as convicted felons. In a new report, the agency lists that in 2006, Corbin Police recovered over forty guns. That amount is the eighth highest in the state. The stats are part of information that hasn't been made public up to now.

"Was to make sure the citizens of Kentucky had some of the information that previously hadn't been released to the general public. We use some of this for background info and a starting point for criminal investigations," said Craig Roegner with the ATF.

ATF agents say having a high amount of recovered guns doesn't necessarily indicate a high crime rate, it could just mean that local police are doing a good job of getting guns off the streets.

We talked to some Corbin residents about their reaction to the stats. We'll have more on that as well as how Corbin compares to other cities across the state coming up tonight on Night Watch at eleven.

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