Among our principal findings:
- Our respondents (adult offenders living in Chicago or nearby) obtain most of their guns from their social network of personal connections. Rarely is the proximate source either direct purchase from a gun store, or theft.
- Only about 60% of guns in the possession of respondents were obtained by purchase or trade. Other common arrangements include sharing guns and holding guns for others.
- About one in seven respondents report selling guns, but in only a few cases as a regular source of income.
- Gangs continue to play some role in Chicago in organizing gun buys and in distributing guns to members as needed.
- The Chicago Police Department has a considerable effect on the workings of the underground gun market through deterrence.
- Transactions with strangers and less-trusted associates are limited by concerns over arrest risk (if the buyer should happen to be an undercover officer or a snitch), and about being caught with a "dirty" gun (one that has been fired in a crime).
By: Cook PJ1, Parker ST2, Pollack HA3.
- 1Duke University and NBER, USA..
- 2University of Chicago Crime Lab, USA.
- 3University of Chicago, USA.