Conservatives frequently point to the volume of gun violence in Chicago to claim that gun control laws are ineffective. Yes, Chicago does have relatively strong gun control laws on the books, but it's not Chicago that's the problem.
As Durbin said, Chicago is "awash in guns," but most of them are bought (legally) out of the city or out of the state.
Chuck's Gun Shop is a tiny, unassuming gun shop in Riverdale, Illinois. That shop "sold more guns between 1996 and 2000 that ended up in the hands of criminals than any store in the country." A Chicago Sun-Times analysis last year revealed that almost 20 percent of guns recovered in crimes used within one year of purchase came from that single store.
An ABC-7 investigation several years ago revealed that suburban gun shop owners don't blink an eye when a Chicago resident purchases a gun. These suburban gun shops are a haven for straw purchasers. Cracking down on such straw purchasers would directly impact Chicago's gun violence.
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