“For your ’hood, you can’t stop [getting] guns because it’s war season. A gang need any gun it can get,” said the teen, who has worked as an informant for police and asked for anonymity. The Sun-Times is identifying him by an alias.
He knows men whose full-time job in the underground economy is to buy guns from suburban stores and illegally sell them to criminals.
Chris calls them the “gun guys.” The cops have another name for them: “straw purchasers.”
“Gun guys” have clean records allowing them to obtain Illinois firearm owner’s identification cards. With FOID cards, they can legally buy guns at stores in the suburbs.
Then they illegally sell them to gang members banned from owning guns because of their criminal backgrounds.
Most of the guns recovered in crimes in Chicago were bought in suburban gun stores, according to a new University of Chicago Crime Lab study of police gun-trace data.
The police sometimes interview the people who originally bought the guns. Often, police are simply told the guns were stolen from them.
But authorities say most straw purchasers are lying when they say their guns were stolen. It’s hard to catch them unless they confess to the crime.
“It can be a man or a girl, but it’s mainly a guy,” Chris said of the straw purchasers he knows. “Somebody that got a gun license, they buy the gun, scratch off the serial number and sell it to you.”
Ok so here we have illegally purchasing a gun (buying a gun so you can illegally resell it is a federal felony), actually SELLING the know knowingly to a prohibited person is a federal felony, also defacing the serial number is a federal felony….also very stupid as those numbers can be revealed in a crime lab, so you just did something for nothing.
Also I like the “They say it was stolen, but they’re lying”. Well if you’re running a business of straw buying under the cover of break-ins, you’ll start building a case for the cops to watch you and catch you in all these serious crimes. Its called police work and due process. We don’t need more laws, we need cops doing their jobs. Also the irony comes from this:
But Chris doesn’t sling dope. He doesn’t have a job. He doesn’t have the money to pay a “gun guy.”
So he and his crew look elsewhere for guns.
Stealing ‘gats’…Chris said one major source of guns in his neighborhood was a ring that burglarized suburban gun stores.
In January, one of those stores, Maxon Shooters Supply & Indoor Range in northwest suburban Des Plaines, was looted of about 200 guns after thieves broke in with a sledgehammer, police said.
Lots of those guns wound up in the hands of gangs on the South Side — including people Chris knows.
“They sold people the guns — and when those people got caught, they snitched,” he said.
So people claim their guns were stolen, and the cops call bullshit, but this “expert witness” openly admits that stolen guns is a good black market source. Gotta love how anti-rights people LOVE to contradict themselves.
Oh yeah, and breaking and entering, stealing, and dealing in stolen goods are all serious crimes, some federal, some universal locally.
The anti-rights cult want to pass more laws to stop things that are already criminal.
Its almost like their goals AREN’T to stop crimes, just to ban guns and inconvenience lawful gun owners….but why would I think that?