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Source: New York Times
January 31, 2013
According to the fact sheet I posted below, the ATF is prohibited from doing anything about it by law--something that needs to change.
There are actually 2 primary problems, one is the ATF not doing it's job( they know where the guns used in crime are being sold but don't apparently do anything about it but document it), and 2 states not providing mental health statis information so that it shows up in background checks. As a staunch supporter of gun ownership, I would like to see the gun show loophole colsed completely and better information available for background checks.
Of course law abiding citizens follow the law. That's called a truism. It doesn't change the fact that guns are flowing into our cities due to a combination of inconsistent regulation and corrupt dealers.
Read this one:
Fact Sheet: Illegal gun trafficking arms criminals & youth [fixed the link, sorry]
It's actually fairly decent information, even though when I browse the rest of the site I find positions I don't agree with. They have that particular point down perfectly, though.
So law abiding citizens follow Chicago's gun laws and criminals don't, a fact that seems to excape notice.
Two salient excerpts:
Chicago’s experience reveals the complications inherent in carrying out local gun laws around the nation. Less restrictive laws in neighboring communities and states not only make guns easy to obtain nearby, but layers of differing laws — local and state — make it difficult to police violations. And though many describe the local and state gun laws here as relatively stringent, penalties for violating them — from jail time to fines — have not proven as severe as they are in some other places, reducing the incentive to comply.
More than a quarter of the firearms seized on the streets here by the Chicago Police Department over the past five years were bought just outside city limits in Cook County suburbs, according to an analysis by the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Others came from stores around Illinois and from other states, like Indiana, less than an hour’s drive away. Since 2008, more than 1,300 of the confiscated guns, the analysis showed, were bought from just one store, Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale, Ill., within a few miles of Chicago’s city limits.
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