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17 November 2009

Boston Globe, Opinion

In May, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that suspects who had carried loaded illegal firearms did not qualify as dangerous — that the offense was a "passive and victimless" crime. That phrase surely rings hollow for the 30 people shot, 10 fatally, in Bristol County in the six months since the court's decision. Before the SJC decision, Bristol County prosecutors and judges decided in case after case to hold offenders caught with illegal guns in jail... (

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