In theory, Chicago has strictest gun laws short of an absolute ban on earth. There are no gun dealers, no shooting ranges, for the most part, Chicago’s citizens are forbidden guns, yet the gun murder rtes are as hgh as Caracas, Capetown, and other notorious “gun free zones.
Why? Because closing a gun store is no problem to someone who buys his guns from other criminals. The American underworld has a minimum of 19,000,000 illegal guns on hand, purchased for a small fraction of retail, and thaqt will be sold for a quarter of retail or less. Provided you are a criminal.
At the present rate of attrition, the American underworld has a 500 year supply of guns on hand. And no need to steal even on more gun for centuries in order to insure an adequate supply of guns and ammunition.
So no matter how the gun banners wiggle and owrkm,if a criminal wants a gun,all he needs is the nickname of the headscrew in the joint. No more,no less. A serviceable “police caliber” handgun with a loaded magazine is current $125.00 to $175.0
Boutght from a “friend or relative” in the same profession. No background check,no paper trail,no permit to purchase,nothing but money. And if the criminal has to ditch the gun, the trail leads t the guy it was stolen from. And there are 19 million to 24 million more where that one came from.