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Reuters: Boston bombers didn’t obey existing gun laws, which will add fuel to calls for more gun laws

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By Doug Powers  •  April 22, 2013 12:22 PM

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Our headline of the day is a real shocker:

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Big surprise — criminals didn’t obey laws:

The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were not licensed to have the firearms they used in several shootouts with police on Friday, Reuters reported Sunday night.

So what’s the answer? Since they didn’t obey the laws already on the books, maybe more laws for them to ignore would have helped:

The news that the suspects were not authorized to own firearms will likely add fuel to calls for tougher gun laws – an issue that was put on the back-burner last week after the Senate blocked the central elements of a gun-control package backed by President Obama.

Because Massachusetts state law bars handgun ownership for those younger than 21, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 26, was the only brother who could have obtained a license from the town of Cambridge, Mass., where he lived. But he didn’t take that step, Dan Riviello, spokesman for the Cambridge Police Department, told Reuters.

Maybe a separate law with slightly different wording that had “seriously, pay attention to this one — we’re not kidding” written in bold would have gotten their attention.

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