Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Where do Criminals Get Firearms?

Justice Department Study Shows 79 Percent of Criminals Obtained Firearms From Illegal Sources " The DOJ study refutes the conventional wisdom that guns used in criminal acts are purchased at retail stores or gun shows."

Of course "coventional wisdom" is propogated by the anti-gunners.
Inmates serving time in state prisons said they obtained their guns from the following sources in percentages:

Purchased from a retail store 8.3%
Purchased at a pawn shop 3.8%
Purchased at a flea market 1.0%
Purchased at a gun show 0.7%
Obtained from friends or family 39.6%
Obtained on the street/illegal source 39.2%

The percentage of inmates who bought their guns from a retail store fell from 21 percent in 1991, when the last such survey was conducted to 14 percent. At the same time the percentage who obtained their firearms from family or friends rose from 34 percent in 1991 to 40 percent.

Sources: US Department of Justice, National Security Institute, National Association of Chiefs of Police
And although the article doesn't cover this, at least some of the weapons purchased in retail establishements would have been purchased legaly - before the inmate had a criminal record. [Thanks KABA]

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