The Tampa Bay Times recently partnered with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting to chronicle the growing stolen gun problem in Florida.
Today, the project is featured on Reveal’s weekly podcast.
Among the findings of reporter Laura Morel’s Unlocked and Loaded series: Since 2007, at least 82,000 guns have been reported stolen in Florida and never found. The first story followed the case of Tarpon Springs officer Charles Kondek, who was killed in December 2014 with a firearm stolen from an unlocked car in Jacksonville.
The second story looked at gun shops, where more than four times as many firearms were stolen during burglaries in 2016 than in 2012. During those years, gun dealers reported 156 break-ins to federal authorities.
Morel produced this project as a Reveal Investigative Fellow. The fellowship, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Democracy Fund, provides journalists of color support and training to create investigative reporting projects in partnership with their news outlets.
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