The Massachusetts' gun control law may be associated with higher violent crime rates
, but it didn't stop the Tsarnaev brothers from getting ahold of guns. From Politico:
The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon and engaging in a massive firefight with police last week weren’t licensed to own guns, according to a report.
Cambridge, Mass., police told Reuters they had not issued a gun license to 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after the firefight. The police departments in both Cambridge and Dartmouth said they didn’t issue 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a firearms identification card, which would’ve allowed him to own rifles holding less than 10 rounds and shotguns. Dzhokhar, who is under 21, wasn’t eligible for a regular handgun license. . . .
Yet, the number of legal gun owners has fallen from 1.54 million to just over 200,000. The main point though is that murder and violent crime rates have gone up
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