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POTUS: Indiana Partly to Blame for Chicago Violence

During a town hall meeting at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA., President Obama said Indiana's less restrictive gun laws contribute to ongoing gun violence in Chicago.

Critics of Obama's executive order enacting stricter measures on gun control had brought up Chicago's gun homicides as evidence of how firearm sales restrictions fail to create safer cities. Obama refuted that point, saying that less restrictive policies in neighboring states contributed to gun homicides.

"Let's go back to the city of Chicago that has strong gun control laws. And oftentimes, the NRA will point to that as an example and say, see, these things don't work," Obama said.

"Well, the problem is, is that about 30 percent, 40 percent of those guns are coming from Indiana across the border, where there are much laxer laws, and so folks will go to a gun show and purchase a whole bunch of firearms, put them in a van, drive up into Mike Pfleger's neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago where his parish is, open up the trunk, and those things are for sale.

Now, technically, you could say those folks bought them illegally, but it was facilitated by the fact that what used to be a small exception that said collectors and hobbyists don't need to go through a background check has become this massive industry where people who are doing business are, in fact, saying that they're not in the business of selling guns, but are."

In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that Chicago's Cook County and Oak Park's outright gun bans were unconstitutional, although some restrictions remain in place.

Taya Kyle, the wife of Chris Kyle, the famed Navy SEAL american sniper spoke during the meeting to President Obama. Kyle respectfully disagreed with the president's executive order.

The town hall meeting was hosted by CNN and moderated by Anderson Cooper.

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