How Legal Guns Become Illegal Guns

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Lawton

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jan 30, 2013
On an average day in the U.S., guns are used to kill more than 80 people, injure almost 300 more, and commit approximately 3,000 crimes. Since John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, more Americans have been shot and killed on our own soil than in all the 20th-century wars combined.

What’s not well-known is that the vast majority of the approximately 12,000 annual gun murders and 66,000 non-fatal shootings are committed by people who have no legal right to a gun. How do criminals and other prohibited people get guns so easily? Through a highly efficient, organized, and profitable business of gun trafficking that moves guns from legal manufacture to dealers to criminals and young people who can’t buy guns legally.

Where do crime guns come from?

Virtually every gun starts out as a legally manufactured product, but the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) points to three common ways guns move from legal distribution channels to the criminal market:
•Corrupt federally licensed gun dealers: Federally licensed gun dealers send more guns to the criminal market than any other single source. Nearly 60% of the guns used in crime are traced back to a small number—just 1.2%—of crooked gun dealers. Corrupt dealers frequently have high numbers of missing guns, in many cases because they’re selling guns “off the books” to private sellers and criminals. In 2005, the ATF examined 3,083 gun dealers and found 12,274 “missing” firearms.
•Straw purchasing: Straw purchasing is the most common way criminals get guns, accounting for almost 50% of trafficking investigations. A straw purchaser is someone with a clean record who buys guns on behalf of someone legally prohibited from possessing guns. Straw purchasers are often the friends, relatives, spouses or girlfriends of prohibited purchasers. The two Columbine High School shooters recruited friends to buy guns for them at Colorado gun shows. One of the buyers admitted she would not have bought the guns if she had been required to submit to a background check.
•Gun Shows and private gun sales: Gun shows have been called “Tupperware parties for criminals” because they attract large numbers of prohibited buyers. A loophole in federal law allows unlicensed or “private” sellers, many of whom work out of gun shows, to lawfully sell or transfer guns without conducting a criminal background check. Gun show dealers have been known to advertise to criminals with signs that read “no background checks required here.”
real space ace

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jan 30, 2013
This is why we need gun control.
Ronald

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Jan 30, 2013
Sales at Minnesota gun shows in are governend by the same laws as any store sale.

Background checks are mandatory. A federal law requiring background checks would have no effect in Minnesota.

It would be very simple to reduce crime in the big blue cities, shake down street thugs. That was done in Minneapolis using the State Patrol and gun crime went way down.

Obama would rather ban firearms.
Amused Slew

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jan 30, 2013
real space ace wrote:
This is why we need gun control.
You are so right. The only good guns are the ones the criminals have. Law abiding citizens have no right to trying to hold onto their guns and their religion. My President said so.

“We have 545 traitors.”

Since: May 11

Parts Unknown

#5 Jan 30, 2013
So criminals only obtain guns through purchasing them from evil enabling dealers?

No mention of criminals who burglarize legal gun owners and steal weapons?

Seems like filtered and biased information to me.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#6 Jan 30, 2013
If criminals are stealing guns, why not lock them up ?? Guess, it's another case of dumb gun owners abetting crime, then complaining they need guns, "to fight crime" ??

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