"We always hear Illinois has some of the most extreme gun laws in the nation, that if gun laws worked, Chicago's strict laws would make it a safe haven," Watts says. "But the borders around Chicago are invisible. The guns stream in from Indiana, Wisconsin and Mississippi."So like most people, she has trouble recognizing that 'Illinois' /= 'Chicago'. Illinois has licensing, universal background checks, waiting periods yet nearly half of the guns the CPD confiscates are from Illinois. Does she think that a FEDERAL law will suddenly change that?
Indeed, 43 percent of the guns seized by Chicago police were originally purchased in other parts of Illinois, and 57 percent came from out of state, according to ThinkProgress.
"That's only going to be stopped by a federal law," Watts says.
Guess what Shannon, the borders around the STATE are invisible. The borders around the COUNTRY are invisible. The strict laws don't even work in Illinois, why do you think they'll work in the country?