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Stats In The City

Saturday, June 21, 2003

According to recently released FBI statistics, Washington, D.C., has once again reclaimed the title of "murder capital" of the United States. Despite having some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country (handguns have been banned since 1977), violent crime remains an ongoing and gravely serious problem in our nation`s capital. Being declared the murder capital is not a new phenomenon for the city. For several years in the 1980s and 1990s, the District held this notorious distinction despite the existence of the gun ban.

Do prohibitive gun laws work to reduce crime? The answer from Washington, D.C., is a resounding "no."

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.