Texas Study Finds Murderers Ignored Existing Gun Laws

posted on October 31, 2016

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?

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