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  • Mass. borders are no barrier to guns sold nearby

    The Boston Globe - 07/30/2012

    Variation in guns laws from state to state may be complicating law enforcement efforts, especially in regions such as New England, where states are split between restrictive and largely hands-off approaches to gun ownership, according to some gun law specialists and gun control advocates.

    Those looking to cut gun violence, however, should look beyond rifles, said Jack Levin, a criminology professor at Northeastern University and co-director of its Center on Violence and Conflict.

    “The gun problem in this country has little to do with the prevalence of semiautomatics,” Levin said. “There are 15,000 single-victim murders in the United States every year, about two-thirds of which are committed with firearms. The overwhelming majority of these homicides are committed with handguns.”