Myth No. 8: Gun control laws keep criminals from obtaining guns.

Because less than 1 percent of firearms is ever involved in a crime and because felons acquire only a small fraction of their guns through licensed channels, all gun control measures suffer from a "needle in the haystack" problem. New restrictions could reduce the small number of guns that criminals obtain through regulated dealers but probably would have little effect on the total number of guns in criminal hands. Where do criminals get their guns? The previously cited survey of prisoners in 10 states found that:61