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Old February 4, 2013, 05:26 PM   #339
Spats McGee
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo
Originally Posted by Spats McGee
the study showed something like 80% of felons got their guns from friends or family members.
If you're thinking of the same study I am, it was more like 50%. Theft (which background checks won't affect) was another 40%. Straw purchases (ditto) made up the difference. Gun shows were something like 0.7%.
Actually, Tom, I was referring to the numbers found here:
a flea market or gun show for fewer than 2%
a retail store or pawnshop for about 12%
family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source for 80%
And it looks like you were right. 80% was for family, friends and illegal sources. That being the case, though, I don't think it makes any difference in the analysis of UBCs. Thieves sure aren't going to use background checks before they steal a firearm.
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