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Rise in D.C. Murders Prompts Gun Debate

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Rise in D.C. Murders Prompts Gun Debate

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Rise in D.C. Murders Prompts Gun Debate

Rise in D.C. Murders Prompts Gun Debate

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The murder rate is creeping up again in Washington, D.C., after a decline in the late 1990s. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, favors overturning the District of Columbia's ban on handgun ownership. Two related lawsuits are in the works. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.