(1) Firearm traces are designed to assist law enforcement authorities in conducting investigations by tracking the sale andMKSheppard wrote: ↑2019-01-25 10:26pmhttps://www.atf.gov/file/119321/download
Total Number of Firearms Recovered and Traced in Maryland by Calendar Year 2016
Top 15 Source States for Firearms with a Maryland Recovery January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
possession of specific firearms. Law enforcement agencies may request firearms traces for any reason, and those
reasons are not necessarily reported to the Federal Government. Not all firearms used in crime are traced and not all
firearms traced are used in crime.
(2) Firearms selected for tracing are not chosen for purposes of determining which types, makes or models of firearms are
used for illicit purposes. The firearms selected do not constitute a random sample and should not be considered
representative of the larger universe of all firearms used by criminals, or any subset of that universe. Firearms are
normally traced to the first retail seller, and sources reported for firearms traced do not necessarily represent the
sources or methods by which firearms in general are acquired for use in crime.
That doesn't seem to prove anything based on its own disclaimers.