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5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2018 1:17 PM CDT
Authorities respond to a shooting in Birmingham, Ala., on March 14, 2018.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(Newser) – The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St., which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent crimes, incarceration, and small arms ownership. Like the most violent states, the least violent are mostly concentrated in one region, this time the Northeast. Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends of the list:

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