These Are the Guns Criminals in America Love

Fact: America loves guns — and it’s absurdly easy to buy a gun in this country. Regardless of where you stand on gun control, it looks as if guns are here to stay — at least for the moment.

2017 was a banner year for guns sales according to the Washington Examiner. Gun salespeople have run 12,601,102 gun-related background checks on potential purchasers. Unfortunately, guns happen to be the weapon of choice for criminals. In fact, handguns were the most-used murder weapons in the U.S. during 2016, killing 7,105 people, according to

To get a snapshot of which guns are selling the most, The Cheat Sheet turned to CBS News. It cross-referenced the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report with’s ranking of the hottest-selling guns to come up with a list. These are the most popular pistols, rifles, shotguns, and revolvers for criminals.

1. Pistol: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

The FBI announced that it is investigating the San Bernardino shooting and suspects Syed Rizwan Farook

Syed Farook killed 14 people with this gun. | FBI via Getty Images

In June 2016, Smith & Wesson’s M&P Shield 9mm took the spot for the best-selling semi-automatic pistol. It features a slim profile, it’s lightweight, and it’s easy to conceal. In addition, its quick reset makes it easy to fire accurate, multiple rounds.

In 2015, Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 people at a holiday party at a center for people with developmental disabilities in San Bernadino, California. Each carried a semi-automatic pistol, and one happened to be this exact model.

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