An interesting article by Marshall Lewin just out in the September issue of the NRA's First Freedom publication (available at NRANews.com) takes a look at a study released recently by the FBI titled "Violent Encounters: A Study of Felonious Assaults on America's Law Enforcement Officers." The article states that in this study the FBI looked at 800 cases submitted by agencies from around the U.S. and culled them down to 40 incidents involving 50 officers and 43 offenders in which both victims and officers were interviewed in depth.
Two quotes really leaped out at me:
“Of the 33 handguns used to assault the officers who participated in the current study, 32 (97 percent) were obtained illegally.”
“None of the rifles, shotguns or handguns connected with this study were obtained from gun shows or related activities.”