Chicago gangs have targeted gun shipments in Norfolk Southern rail yard on three different occasions in as many years.

They pulled a successful heist in 2014, 2015, and September 2016. The 2015 heist alone netted 111 guns for gang members.

According to the Associated Press, the guns from the 2015 robbery were “en route from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. to Spokane, Washington.” They included  “.45-caliber Ruger revolvers and other firearms [which] spread quickly into surrounding high-crime neighborhoods.”

Only 16 of the stolen Rugers have been recovered. “One was used in a Jan. 22, 2016, shooting.”

Chicago’s Democratic leaders regularly blame Chicago’s gun crime on “lax gun laws” in Indiana and surrounding states. The railway shipments, however, have nothing to do with gun laws, whether in Indiana, Illinois, or at the federal level.

AP points out that gang members found the big 2015 firearm shipment by accident. They first “found and kept a shipment of women’s sandals,” and then happened upon the firearms.

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