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Suburban Guns: Will Chicago Lawsuit Stem Flow of Illegal Weapons Into City?

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(Christian Science Monitor) – As gun violence spikes once again in Chicago, gun control advocates in the city are pointing fingers at an old enemy: the Chicago suburbs.

A lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court claims that weak oversight of gun shops in the villages of Riverdale, Lyons, and Lincolnwood outside Chicago is fueling gun violence in black neighborhoods in the city.

Citing a May 2014 report from the Chicago Police Department, the suit says that four local gun dealers – including one in each of those towns, as well as one in Gary, Ind. – supplied almost 20 percent of the guns recovered at Chicago crime scenes between 2009 and 2013.

Overall, most “crime guns” in Chicago were actually first purchased outside Illinois – almost 60 percent of them between 2009 and 2013, according to the CPD report, including from states as far away as Georgia. But some see an added danger from illegal gun purchases in the Chicago suburbs: the speed with which they could be used to commit crimes in the city.

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