Virginia gun sales increase, firearm-related violent crimes decline

Baker, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth Universitys L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs who specializes in research methods and criminology theory. Its a quite interesting trend given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws and the presumed effect it would have on violent crimes, Baker told the newspaper. While you cant conclude from this that tougher laws wouldnt reduce crime even more, it really makes you question if making it harder for law-abiding people to buy a gun would have any effect on crime. But he cautioned against drawing any conclusions that more guns in the hands of Virginians are causing a corresponding drop in gun crime. Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said that the real question is how many guns are sold without a background check. In other words, if people who buy those guns and have a background check, and keep those guns and dont sell them, then you would not expect that those guns would affect the crime rate, Horwitz told the newspaper. The important analysis is not the total number of guns sold with a background check, but rather the number of guns sold without a background check. Virginia State Police conduct instant background checks on everyone seeking to purchase a gun through a federally licensed firearms dealer in Virginia. The newspaper said it had asked Baker in 2012 to examine six years worth of gun transaction data compiled by Virginia State Police through the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center. He then compared the data with state crime figures for the same period. Baker recently reviewed updated transaction figures obtained by the newspaper and compared them with the years he originally examined.
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Northants v Gloucestershire: David Sales on form for hosts

Resuming on 369-3 after a rain delay, Sales picked up from where he left off, finding the boundary with regularity and reaching 200 from just 232 balls. As such, he dominated a 170-run partnership with Andrew Hall (55) before the hosts declared on 567-4. And Gloucestershire closed on 31-0, still 178 behind. Sales’s incredible innings included 36 fours and three sixes and gave promotion-chasers Northants hope of victory in their Division Two tie. VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX BBC Radio Northampton’s Chris Egerton: “A truncated day which only began at 14:15 BST saw Northamptonshire dominate with the bat and in particular David Sales. “His 255 not out is his eighth score above 200 in his long career and comes in a season in which his previous highest score was 40. “But with the chasing pack closer than they were, did Northants leave the declaration too late until 17.30?” BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Bob Hunt: “All the Gloucestershire team could do was watch a batting master class from David Sales as their bowlers toiled forlornly with only one wicket to show for their efforts. “Bowlers like Craig Miles, so successful early in the season, will have to learn their trade on flat tracks and bowl a decent length. “Northants surprised many by the lateness of their declaration and vente a domicile with poor weather forecast, Gloucestershire would be happy to come away with eight points for the draw and their promotion hopes still faintly intact.”
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