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WVa Ranks High Among Exports Of Guns Used In Crime

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) --Gun control advocates say West Virginia's per capita export rate of guns used in crime is higher than any state except Mississippi.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released its analysis of new federal gun trace data this week.

The group says Mississippi ranks highest in exporting guns that are later recovered by police, followed by West Virginia, Alabama, Virginia and South Carolina.

The ATF data shows that more than 800 guns recovered by police in other states in 2008 were traced back to West Virginia.

Gun control foes, though, say it's misleading to blame state laws for illegal guns.

They argue that most guns used in crimes come from a tiny fraction of rogue dealers.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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