After every public shooting, there’s a cry for gun control; after every cry for gun control, anti-gun control persons say “but the firearm was illegal anyway! Another law won’t help!”
I don’t understand that response. Illegal firearms were all legal once, unless there’s a still somewhere down south of which I’m unaware. Several gun manufacturers were found liable recently in a civil case in which the plaintiffs (the family of people killed by guns) were able to demonstrate that those manufacturers marketed firearms to and flooded markets in states with weak gun laws, knowing that those states are the main supply points for firearms dealers who purchase legally and sell illegally in states with stronger gun laws. I can go to Louisiana, purchase ten pistols with cash and a false name at a gun show, drive to New York and sell them illegally and untraceably for at least double what I paid.
How else are legal guns made illegal? I doubt that theft accounts for any great portion (though I could be wrong).
Ineffective gun control laws are useless and harmful. But if effective gun registration laws were in place that made the conversion from legal to illegal difficult, if not impossible, wouldn’t the supply of illegal firearms dry up?
I knew people in Canada who owned automatic weapons legally: they’d gone to the trouble of getting the required permits. Stringent registration means only that the black market in guns will be put out, not that ownership of heavy artillery is impossible.
Does anyone have any real statistics on the sources of illegal firearms?