Des Moines police confiscate record number of guns in 2022
Des Moines police confiscated a record 780 guns in 2022.
- That topped the department's previous three-year average of 640, Sgt. Paul Parizek tells Axios.
Why it matters: Weapons are generally confiscated as evidence and reflect the level of gun-related violence in a community, Parizek said.
By the numbers: There were 22 homicides in DSM in 2022 — 19 involved guns. In 2021, there were 14 homicides.
- There were, on average, 18 in DSM between 2017 and 2021.
Zoom in: DSM's increase is believed to be linked to the overall prevalence of guns and a growing mindset to carry them.
- Police have not drastically altered confiscation tactics in recent years, Parizek said.
The big picture: The U.S. has over 120 firearms per 100 residents, more than anywhere else in the world, Bloomberg reports.
- Law enforcement agencies in some of the country's largest cities reported record or near-record high numbers of firearm seizures in recent years, according to a CNN report published last year.
- In mid-December, U.S. Transportation Security Administration officials announced that the agency intercepted a record number of firearms at airports — more than 6,300 — and nearly 90% were loaded.
- And Iowa Republican leaders say they plan to expand gun rights in this year's legislative session, KCCI reports.
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