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On the Underground Gun Market, a Weapon Is ‘Two and a Half Handshakes Away’


Calling illegal-gun trafficking “contagious,” a Chicago researcher says that despite very strict gun control, someone who wants to use a weapon to commit a crime is “two and a half handshakes away” from getting one through the underground market.

“Being around a gun increases your chance of being a victim several times over,” Andrew Papachristos, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, told journalists and justice professionals at John Jay College.

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