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Monday, October 31, 2016

Texas Study Finds Murderers Ignored Existing Gun Laws

Exactly what can be learned by asking those who have committed murder with firearms how they got their guns? A lot, judging from a recent abc13.com report out of Houston—and most of it has nothing to do with further restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

The radio station sent surveys to every killer who used a gun to murder someone in Harris County since 2014. It asked how they got their gun, what they paid, and how often, if ever, they went through a background check.

The interesting results included such facts as:

  • 90 percent of those surveyed received their gun on the black market. They either traded goods for the firearm or a friend gave them the gun;
  • 63 percent of the guns were stolen and the majority of them were given to the perpetrator for free;
  • 90 percent of the surveyors weren’t eligible to legally buy a gun because of past criminal convictions; and
  • 100 percent of the surveyors carried concealed despite failing to have a CCW permit.

It’s obvious that, at least in this case, these violent criminals had no interest in following current firearm laws. Of course, what criminals do?