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Report: Out-of-state guns used in Chicago crimes

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce on Wednesday an ordinance that would clear the way for gun shops to open up in the city of Chicago. In advance of that, the mayor’s office and Chicago Police have released a new report about illegal guns and their connection to crime in Chicago.

The report says 60 percent of the guns used to commit crimes in Chicago between 2009 and 2013 were originally bought in states with weaker gun laws with Mississippi, Indiana and Wisconsin leading the list.

In a speech Tuesday at a police awards ceremony, Mayor Emanuel talked about how Chicago planned to allow gun dealers to operate inside city limits.

“We're gonna do it in a smart, tough, and enforceable way to prevent illegal guns in the city of Chicago to make sure everything you do does not get undermined by allowing those individuals access to guns and illegal trafficking of guns,” the mayor told police officers.

One key component of the law would require all gun sales in Chicago to be videotaped to deter straw purchasers. Those are people buying guns for someone who can't legally buy them on their own.

The guns report also singled out four local firearms dealers who originally sold nearly 20 percent of guns recovered in crimes in Chicago. They include Shore Galleries in Lincoldwood, Midwest Guns in Lyons, Chuck's in Riverdale and Westforth Sports in Gary, Indiana.

“The fact of the matter is, if you have four gun shops where a majority of guns in crime are coming from, they need to improve their practices,” said Mark Walsh, with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.

A former ATF agent, speaking on background, said part of the problem is some dealers are more interested in making a sale, and while they follow the letter of the law they don't proactively work to prevent sales to people they suspect of making straw purchases. One key indicator, the source said, is when someone comes in and has an exact gun they want to buy, asking no questions and doing no comparative shopping.

“I do think that we need to make sure that if there is any problem that we're holding those dealers accountable,” Walsh said.

To read the press release and the 37-page report, visit the City of Chicago's website.

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