Chicago fights back: Guns against guns

Shooting at a gun range

By Jane Bodmer

In response to the city’s violence epidemic, many Chicagoans are turning to a complicated solution: fighting guns with more guns.

According to State Police, Chicagoans were issued 60 percent more gun permits in 2016 than in 2015. A total of 212,000 Chicagoans are legally licensed to own a gun, and 38,712 Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards were issued in 2016.

Photo at top: Dennis OLeary bought a gun after moving from Rogers Park to Back of the Yards. (Jane Bodmer/MEDILL)