In the U.S., 2017 was a banner year for gun sales with over 12,601,102 gun-related background checks performed. Regardless of where you stand on gun control, it looks like guns are here to stay (for now). Unfortunately, handguns were the most-used murder weapon in America in 2016, killing 7,105 people.
CBS News cross-referenced the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report with GunBroker.com’s ranking of the hottest-selling guns to uncover the most popular pistols, rifles, shotguns, and revolvers for criminals. Do you recognize the most-purchased murder weapon of them all (on page 10)?
1. Pistol: Glock G19
In June 2016, the 9mm Glock G19 came in fifth among America’s best-selling pistols. Many private and public security agencies choose this easy-to-hide, lightweight model. Jared Lee Loughner also chose a 9mm Glock in January 2011 when he tried to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords outside Tucson, Arizona. He shot her in the head, but she survived. He also killed six others during the attack and wounded 13.
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