Most Guns Seized in Chicago Sting Came from Illinois, Indiana


Chicago police have determined that nearly a third of the traceable guns confiscated in a series of citywide stings in late August were bought in Indiana, reports the city’s Sun-Times. Investigators were able to trace 54 of the 125 guns confiscated. Thirty percent were from Indiana, 26 percent from Illinois and 6 percent from Kentucky, the analysis found. Most of the Indiana guns were bought in the northwest part of the state.

Investigators wanted to know how many of those guns were recovered less than 1,000 days after they were first sold. Authorities call those “short time-to-crime” guns. Of those nine guns, four came from Illinois, three from Indiana, one from Kentucky and one from Arkansas. The police analysis reinforced key findings of a University of Chicago Crime Lab study earlier this year that found that most guns recovered in crimes in Chicago come from Illinois and Indiana stores. There have been highly publicized federal cases involving guns being illegally transported from southern states like Mississippi to Chicago in recent years. But the police analysis of the August stings showed the guns traced to Indiana and Illinois stores far outnumbered the guns from eight southern states.

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