Study Finds That Chicago Criminals Get Guns From Friends, Family

From:,  by Stephen Gutowski,  on Sep 3, 2015,  see the article HERE.

Not acquired from gun shows or online sales

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A survey conducted by researchers from Duke University and the University of Chicago found that Chicago criminals obtained their firearms almost exclusively from friends and family.

The survey, funded by the Joyce Foundation and set to be published in the October edition of Preventive Medicine, consisted of interviews with 99 inmates at Chicago’s Cook County Jail who had illegally possessed a gun within six months of their incarceration. It found that most criminals only acquired guns from people they knew and trusted.

“It is rare for offenders to buy from licensed dealers, and also rare for them to steal their guns,” the study says. “Rather, the predominant sources of guns to offenders are family, acquaintances, fellow gang members—which is to say, members of their social network.”

The study found that due to fears of encountering undercover police officers attempting sting operations, a large majority of the criminals surveyed would only make illegal gun purchases from people they knew. “In discussing the underground gun market in their neighborhoods, most respondents emphasized the importance of connections—prior relationships that could create sufficient trust to reassure the seller that the transaction would not create an unacceptable legal risk,” the survey says. “A majority of the primary guns (40 of the 48 for which we have detailed information on the source) were obtained from family, fellow gang members, or other social connections; the fraction is still higher for secondary guns.”

“Only 2 of the 70 primary guns (3%) and no secondary guns were reported as purchased directly from a gun store.”

The survey also found that criminals preferred handguns by a wide margin. Rifles, shotguns, and firearms that would be classified as “assault weapons” under Illinois law made up a small percentage of the guns criminals reported they had owned. Additionally, the survey found that criminals kept their firearms for only a short period of time and had little knowledge of firearms.

The researchers noted that the findings may challenge what many believe about how criminals obtain firearms.

“Some of the pathways people are concerned about don’t seem so dominant,” Harold Pollack, co-director of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab and co-author of the survey, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Gun rights groups such as the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation said that the survey is evidence that new gun control legislation aimed at gun shows or online sales is misguided.

“The University of Chicago Crime Lab survey said the same thing as the U.S. Bureau of Justice: Criminals get their guns from friends and family—not gun shows,” said Lars Dalseide, a spokesman for the NRA.

“This proves what we have said all along,” Alan Gottlieb, the founder of Second Amendment, told theFree Beacon. “Criminals don’t go through background checks to acquire a gun. They don’t buy them at gun stores, gun shows, or on the Internet. They get them from family, friends, and fellow gang members. Gun control laws only affect lawful gun owners.”

“Criminals don’t obey laws,” he said. “That’s why we call them criminals.”


There you have it, folks. Yet another study showing that “gun show loopholes” aren’t responsible for guns in the hands of criminals, but the Brady bunch doesn’t care about the truth, only their relentless antagonism against the Second Amendment. I have the answer: pass a law that requires a criminal to pass a background check before purchasing a firearm from another criminal.

Let me know how that works out.




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5 Responses to Study Finds That Chicago Criminals Get Guns From Friends, Family

  1. captbogus2 says:

    Gun laws represent the epitome of liberal logic. I always get a chuckle when I enter a business and they have a sign plainly posted on the door, “This is a GUN FREE Zone.”
    It’s like saying, “Hey! Terrorists, robbers and other low life! The folks in this building have no way to protect themselves from your mayhem..”
    might as well say that.

  2. Kathy says:

    While the gun grabbers claim it’s the criminals they’re trying to disarm, their real goal is to disarm all of us. The truth is they know it’s impossible to stop criminals from getting guns, so they focus their efforts on things like gun shows and buybacks.

    It’s funny and ironic that they classify only the long guns as assault weapons, while most assaults are committed with hand guns.

  3. Hardnox says:

    Interesting study. I find that particularly so since both Duke and Chicago aren’t exactly bastions of conservatism… in fact they are very left orientated. Gee, honestly for a change. Who knew?

    This study just confirms what everyone with a braincell has known since day one. Of course as you pointed ot the left won’t accept it since it doesn’t fit thier narrative or agenda.

  4. Uriel says:

    Lol. I don’t think many can prove legal status or pass criminal background that sell and purchase. Black market and dark cyberspace market are hard to catch even for those in justice who are doing their jobs.

  5. tannngl says:

    Well??? Just make a law requiring friends and family to do background checks first! LOL