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Mass. borders are no barrier to guns sold nearby

Variation in guns laws from state to state may be complicating law enforcement efforts, especially in regions such as New England, where states are split between restrictive and largely hands-off approaches to gun ownership, according to some gun law specialists and gun control advocates.

Authorities in Massachusetts, which has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, recovered 1,737 firearms used in crimes during 2011. Of the 1,020 firearms that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms traced to their state of origin, just 351 originated in Massachusetts.

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