A Closer Watch on Guns?

Would having more information about firearms and their owners prevent violent crimes or allow them to be solved easier?

The arrests of two suspects on Oct. 24 may bring to an end a three-week shooting spree around Washington, D.C., in which a roving sniper killed 10 people and seriously injured three others. Yet the manhunt for the killer, during which the police at times seemed almost desperate for clues, again raises questions about whether having more information about guns and gun owners might help head off crimes or solve them faster -- and thus save lives.

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