Where do criminals get guns?
Most shootings on the streets of American cities are committed by criminals who do not have a 2nd Amendment right to own guns, but obtain them through an illegal gun market.
- Gun traffickers operate an “Iron Pipeline” that supplies the guns used in homicides and other violent crimes.
- The most common way traffickers obtain guns is through a “straw purchase.” A straw purchaser is someone who buys guns on behalf of people who can’t pass criminal background checks.
- Most people have no idea the “Iron Pipeline” exists – or that we can take steps to shut it down.