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Guns Used In Chicago Crimes Come From Indiana, The 'Burbs & Beyond: Report

By Tanveer Ali | October 29, 2017 9:33am | Updated on October 31, 2017 11:37am
 Buyers shop at a gun show in this file photo.
Buyers shop at a gun show in this file photo.
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department confiscates nearly 7,000 guns a year, with more than 20 percent of those guns coming from Indiana, the department announced this week. 

The department unveiled its Gun Trace Report Sunday, which analyzed crimes between 2013 to 2016 to determine where guns used in crimes are coming from.

Among the report's findings:

• About 40 percent of guns recovered in Chicago are traced to gun sales within Illinois. Indiana gun sales account for 21 percent.

• Nearly 95 percent of people charged in Chicago on illegal firearm possession charges weren't the first buyers of the guns.

• Ten gun dealers account for 21.2 percent of all guns found. Chuck's Gun Shop in suburban Riverdale sold 6.7 percent of all guns recovered in Chicago.

The report has detailed maps showing where guns bought from certain stores are later found:

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• In 2016, Chicago Police recovered 243 guns per 100,000 city residents. That compares to 149 guns recovered per 100,000 people in Los Angeles and 42 guns recovered per 100,000 in New York City.

“The Gun Trace Report once again shows that illegal guns, purchased outside of the city of Chicago and trafficked through an illegal and unregulated market, have a profound impact on the lives of Chicagoans," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "We must work to expand the City’s model of regulations to stop this flow of illegal guns at the source statewide.”

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