Study: High Crime in Gun-Controlled States Due to Lax Gun Laws in Other States

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A study by the Boston University School of Medicine suggests high crime in gun-controlled states may be due to lax laws in states with fewer gun controls.

They specifically suggest that weak guns laws in states that border heavily regulated states could be culpable in gun crime in the states with more stringent restrictions. This gives the impression that criminals are simply acquiring their guns out-of-state, then bringing them home to commit crime.

The New York Daily News reports the study suggests guns move “from Midwestern states with weak gun laws to Illinois; and from Western states with weak gun laws to California.” It also suggests they move from southeastern states into heavily regulated states like New York and Massachusetts.

Lost on researchers is the fact that these very claims betray the weakness of gun control. That is, if the claims are accurate they literally prove that our nation’s most stringent gun controls are powerless to stop a determined attacker from acquiring a firearm for a crime or attack.

But study co-author Michael Siegel see it another way and suggests the study shows that “if states fail to act they may actually be endangering the lives of residents of nearby states.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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