The U.S. Attorney in New Hampshire called a charge by Boston police that lax gun control laws in northern New England are partly responsible for the city’s increase in gun crimes an “urban myth,” reports the Associated Press. U.S. Attorney Thomas Colantuono told Foster’s Sunday Citizen that data collected by the federal “Project Safe Neighborhoods” show that most guns used in Massachusetts crimes come from within that state, he said. The data also show that fewer than 10 percent of guns used in Massachusetts crimes come from New Hampshire. Georgia is the top source of out-of-state guns.
Boston officials say the number of guns seized was up 34 percent and the number of gun-related arrests increased 39 percent through early November, compared to the same period a year earlier. A Boston police spokesman, Sgt. Thomas Sexton, said stricter gun laws in northern New England would help solve the problem. Massachusetts requires residents to pay $100 for a state permit when buying any gun; New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont do not require state permits.