Debunked: Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country

Just the mention of gun control and gun violence, is sure to sparked heated debate. After all, this is a nation founded at the point of a gun,with the issue written directly into the Constitution. But depending on where you live, the laws about who can and who can't own a gun vary.

Then there's Chicago. The nation's third largest city, and the site of rampant gun violence.

Some will have you believe that Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the nation. It's a claim that was repeated by then-candidate Donald Trump during one of the debates.

But, this claim is not entirely true. Chicago police say it's a common misconception, one that ignores some major legal decisions in recent years.

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CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Forty-three crosses sit in a vacant lot in the Englewood neighborhood on January 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Each cross, created by Greg Zanis, represents a victim of murder in Chicago in 2017. Chicago's violence attracted international attention in 2016 when the city recorded 742 murders. At least six people were killed and 47 wounded in shootings across the city this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Forty-three crosses sit in a vacant lot in the Englewood neighborhood on January 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Each cross, created by Greg Zanis, represents a victim of murder in Chicago in 2017. Chicago's violence attracted international attention in 2016 when the city recorded 742 murders. At least six people were killed and 47 wounded in shootings across the city this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Forty-three crosses sit in a vacant lot in the Englewood neighborhood on January 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Each cross, created by Greg Zanis, represents a victim of murder in Chicago in 2017. Chicago's violence attracted international attention in 2016 when the city recorded 742 murders. At least six people were killed and 47 wounded in shootings across the city this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Forty-three crosses sit in a vacant lot in the Englewood neighborhood on January 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Each cross, created by Greg Zanis, represents a victim of murder in Chicago in 2017. Chicago's violence attracted international attention in 2016 when the city recorded 742 murders. At least six people were killed and 47 wounded in shootings across the city this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Forty-three crosses sit in a vacant lot in the Englewood neighborhood on January 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Each cross, created by Greg Zanis, represents a victim of murder in Chicago in 2017. Chicago's violence attracted international attention in 2016 when the city recorded 742 murders. At least six people were killed and 47 wounded in shootings across the city this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Forty-three crosses sit in a vacant lot in the Englewood neighborhood on January 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Each cross, created by Greg Zanis, represents a victim of murder in Chicago in 2017. Chicago's violence attracted international attention in 2016 when the city recorded 742 murders. At least six people were killed and 47 wounded in shootings across the city this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Forty-three crosses sit in a vacant lot in the Englewood neighborhood on January 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Each cross, created by Greg Zanis, represents a victim of murder in Chicago in 2017. Chicago's violence attracted international attention in 2016 when the city recorded 742 murders. At least six people were killed and 47 wounded in shootings across the city this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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In 2010, the Supreme Court actually struck down Chicago's handgun ban. In 2013, the city ended its gun registry, and in 2014, a ban on gun shops in Chicago was rejected.

Police also point to the fact that most guns used in Chicago crimes are bought outside the city or even the state. When you compare the gun restrictions to other major cities like New York and Los Angeles, The University of Chicago crime lab says the cities are pretty comparable. When it comes to who can actually buy so-called assault weapons, New York and LA have tougher laws.

So as the violence continues in Chicago, you're going to hear a lot about the city's gun laws, and you'll likely hear the claim repeated that Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the nation. But, know that the reality is more complicated than a simple talking point.

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