Massachusetts gun laws are widely considered some of the toughest in the country. But with a rash of shooting deaths in Boston this year, some law enforcement officials say it’s obvious that there are ways around the rules. And when Massachusetts criminals want to get their hands on a gun, they frequently head north.
In 2012, more than half of the guns that law enforcement seized in Massachusetts and managed to trace to their origins came from other states, according to federal statistics. The biggest suppliers by far were New Hampshire and Maine, as is the case most years.
This is one of the things pro-gun fanatics like to dismiss as unimportant or even mock as foolish. The truth is however, states with strict gun control laws are not getting the benefits they otherwise would because of the nearby states with lax laws.
Denying the obvious is what they do.