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Gun violence in Va falls, firearms sales up

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - 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 (http://bit.ly/YcTt5E).
    
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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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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11/24/2012 11:17:50 AM (GMT -5:00)

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