This is not common here but not a rarity either. Unlicensed guns are 50% cheaper that's why many are tempted to buy. However, the risk of getting caught is there and the consequences are heavy when caught. You can go to jail for obtaining a loose gun that may have been used in a crime. But for me, I would stick to the legal transaction to avoid stepping on the law. And if I cannot afford the licensed gun then I should not buy a gun.