The current gun debate has focused on background checks for legal firearms purchases. But gun violence is often committed by criminals who obtained their weapons illegally, according to podcasters who talked with youths and with researcher Philip J. Cook of Duke University about Chicago’s flourishing underground gun market.
The FBI was flooded Friday with 203,086 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record. In a related development, The Supreme Court, which has avoided major gun cases for seven years, on Monday declined to hear a challenge backed by the NRA to Maryland’s 2013 ban on assault weapons enacted after the Newtown, Ct school massacre.
Sales spiked to all-time highs last year under the irrational trope that President Obama was going to “take away our guns.” But gun manufacturers and retailers are seeing a downside as President Trump snuggles with the NRA: Gun sales have dropped sharply since he was elected.