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But there were outliers: South Dakota, for example, had just two guns laws but few deaths.

Editorial author Dr. Garen Wintemute, director the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, said the study doesn’t answer which laws, if any, work.

Wintemute said it’s likely that gun control measures are more readily enacted in states with few gun owners _ a factor that might have more influence on gun deaths than the number of laws.

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JAMA Internal Medicine: http://www.jamainternalmed.com

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov

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AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner can be reached at http://www.twitter.com