Gun violence in Va. falls, firearm sales up

Gun violence in Va. falls, firearm sales up

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Handguns, rifles and shotguns line a table outside the Compton (Calif.) City Hall during a guns-for-cash buyback program Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999. The buyback program, which offered $75 per gun turned in, was advertised as including "amnesty from prosecution," but participants found no amnesty would be offered and they were subject to fingerprinting. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho)

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WVEC.com

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

RICHMOND-- An analysis shows gun-related violence has fallen steadily since 2006 in Virginia despite record firearm sales.

Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker compared state crime data for 2006 through 2011 with gun-dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

His analysis shows the number of gun purchases soared 73 percent in the six-year period, while gun-related offenses fell more than 27 percent.

Baker says the comparison seems to contradict the premise that more guns lead to more crime in Virginia.

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