Yes, it’s easy to transport guns from one state to another. However, bringing a gun purchased in one state to sell to someone in another state, no matter how strict or loose state regulations in either may be, is a federal offense punishable by up to ten years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. That has been the law since October 1968, when the Gun Control Act of 1968 became effective.
It is also illegal for a resident of one state to sell a firearm to a resident of another state, even in a private, face-to-face transaction.
So gunrunning carries heavy risks, not to mention the additional hazards of dealing with gangs and drug dealers.
This means that there must be a strong, and profitable, market in the more restrictive states. Otherwise, why take the chances?
This is where the whole excuse falls flat on its face. The crimes committed with these guns are committed by residents of these states. It’s not like criminals from Milwaukee or Gary, Indiana are flocking to Chicago; the violence is home-grown. Despite an Illinois law that requires a valid state police-issued firearm owner identification (FOID) card to purchase any gun, either from a licensed dealer or from an individual, Chicago police reported that 90% of the crime guns they recovered last year were seized from people other than the last recorded purchaser.
Yet, in spite of Illinois’ strict gun laws, the ATF reported that the major source of recovered guns was Illinois with 48% of the total. Indiana and Wisconsin combined were the source of less than 20% of recovered guns.
A 2015 study of inmates in the Cook County Jail reported that the majority of the guns they used were obtained from “family and friends.” Illegal gun purchases were generally made only from trusted individuals. The crooks seldom took the risk of stealing a gun and even more rarely got them at gun stores or gun shows.
So gunrunners not only have to run the gauntlet of police and federal agents, they have to develop connections within gangs and other criminal networks.
There is no country that doesn’t have illegal guns. Despite two buyback programs, at the end of 2017 Australia had an estimated 260,000 illegal guns. That’s just the guns that were legal before the law changed and were never turned in. It doesn’t count the guns that were already illegally possessed. If that number sounds small to you, consider that it represents about 22% of the guns that were legally owned before 1996.
Police in Great Britain are reporting an increase in gun crimes, especially involving handguns.
In case it had escaped your attention, both Australia and Great Britain are islands.
Blaming crime on sources of weapons is an attempt at diverting attention from the real problem of crime. There would be no black market if there wasn’t a demand.