Have these bans and Maryland's multitude of other gun control laws "prevented" murders in Maryland? Not in the slightest. Maryland already has among the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Yet, according to FBI statistics, Maryland's homicide rate far exceeds neighboring states like Virginia and Pennsylvania which impose no such bans. For example, from January to June in 2016, Baltimore, with a population of just over 621,000, had 154 murders, topping out at 318 murders for the year. The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore is posed to set even greater levels of violent crime in 2017, including murders, "with nearly 260 killings as of Sept. 23, a 13 percent increase over last year." Yet, in the same January to June 2016 time period, Richmond, with a population of 452,797, had only 24 murders with 61 for the entire year. Similarly, Philadelphia, with a population 1,567,810 (much more than double that of Baltimore), had significantly fewer murders than Baltimore, coming in at 278 murders for the whole year. So much for gun control "preventing" homicides.