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Why gun bans don't work … and what to do

However well-intentioned, they may get the opposite results of what they intend to achieve.

Updated: January 7, 2006, 2:40 PM ET
By James A. Swan, Ph.D. | Author of "In Defense of Hunting"

In November, voters in San Francisco approved a ballot measure to ban the sale and manufacture of firearms in the city, and ownership of handguns.

Backers of the measure claimed that San Francisco taxpayers spent at least $31.2 million responding to gun violence every year. Proponents often said they "just didn't like guns around."

The NRA has already filed a lawsuit to overturn the measure, but the vote sends a message. San Francisco joins Chicago and Washington, DC, Great Britain, ...

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