Senate Minority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday that Chicago’s gun violence problem is a result of “less regulation over firearms” in states like Indiana and Mississippi.
“According to the city’s gun trace report in 2017, the majority of illegally used or possessed firearms recovered in Chicago are traced back to states with less regulation over firearms, such as Indiana and Mississippi,” Durbin told the Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. (RELATED: Dick Durbin Avoids Question From Chuck Todd About Court Packing)
“The 2017 report found that Indiana alone was the source of 21% of all Chicago’s recovered crime guns,” Durbin continued. “We know how it works; where you live, you know how it works. There’s a traffic between Chicago, northern Indiana and Michigan going on constantly. Gun shows are held in Gary, Indiana and other places.”
Durbin described Chicago as a “great city” but one with “great problems too: and one of them is gun violence. The Democratic Illinois senator noted that over 3,200 people have been shot in the city thus far in 2020.
The city saw a massive spike in gun violence and murders