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States with the strictest gun laws

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ILLINOIS: Gun buyers must be 21 or older. Child safety locks are sold with all handguns. Guns may be permitted in public places, but employers and colleges are not required to allow firearms on premises. Ed Ethridge (r.) shows a customer a 9mm handgun at Rink's Gun and Sport in Lockport, Illinois, in June 2008.

PHOTO: Frank Polich/Reuters

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