In 1998, when new laws were passed, 65 mur­ders were com­mitted with firearms. In 2010, the latest figure avail­able, it was almost twice as many: 122, an increase of 88 percent.

The reason, says crim­i­nology Pro­fessor James Fox from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, is incon­sis­tent gun laws.

Each state, to some extent, is at the mercy of other states around them,” Fox said. “What we really need is some fed­eral leg­is­la­tion that will guide all the states.”


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