According to a new report – Indiana is supplying more “crime guns” to the city of Chicago than any other state.
Data trends going back nearly a decade reveal that majority of illegally used or possessed firearms recovered in Chicago are traced back to the states with less regulation over firearms – according to Chicago’s annual Gun Trace report.
“More than two of every five traceable crime guns recovered in Chicago originate with their first point of sale at an Illinois dealer,” said the report. “The remaining 60 percent of firearms come from out of state, with Indiana as the primary source for approximately one out of every five crime guns.”
21 percent of “crime guns” in Chicago were traced back to an Indiana dealer from 2013 to 2016. The report defines a crime gun as a firearm recovered by Chicago Police Department that was illegally possessed, uses or suspected to be used in furtherance of a crime. The Chicago Police Department has recovered close to 7, 000 crime guns each year since 2013.
Westforth Sports in Gary is the third largest licensed gun dealer whose guns are used in Chicago crimes. Behind them is Cabela’s in Hammond as fourth largest source dealer for crime guns over the past four years and about 90 percent of all recovered firearms were handguns, 4.8 percent were rifles and 4.7 were shotguns – according to the report.
“So far in 2017, CPD is already on pace to exceed last year’s gun recoveries. It is self-evident that the availability of illegally circulated firearms in Chicago is directly connected to its deadly street violence,” the report says. “Simply put, each conflict becomes potentially more lethal due to easy access to a gun.”