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Firearms sales rose last year in Virginia as the number gun-related crimes declined.

Firearm sales rose 16 percent in 2012 with a record 490,119 guns purchased, according to federally licensed gun dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Gun-related crimes dropped five percent in the same year to 4,378 incidents.

Thomas R. Baker, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School who specializes in research methods and criminology theory, said to The Washington Post, “This appears to be additional evidence that more guns don’t necessarily lead to more crime.”

Read more at The Washington Post.

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