Do tougher background check laws prevent gun crime? A new study analyzes the question.

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A new study found that recently passed gun control laws in Washington and Colorado were futile, just as many pro-gun Americans argued they would be.

What laws were passed?

Several years ago, Colorado and Washington state passed laws that required a background check for every gun sale — commercial or private, handgun or long gun. A similar law was also passed in Delaware.

Currently, any time a firearm is purchased from a licensed dealer, a background check is run through a national law enforcement database. However, in most cases, a background check isn’t required, though they are recommended, for private purchases. Still, many states require pistol permits, which require a background check to obtain, to privately purchase a handgun.

What did the study find?

The study, which was published in a medical journal, found that in both Colorado and Washington, the new law had hardly any effect. According to the Guardian, the

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