Study: Connection between Mo. gun murders and background checks

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - People are speaking out about guns and background checks. This comes after a study of the state of Missouri made national news this week.

The study by Johns Hopkins University says murder by firearms is on the rise here in Missouri, up 16 percent since 2007.

That was the year the state of Missouri repealed the law for background checks.

"Background checks matter and it's hard factual evidence that shows that background checks matter and it doesn't take away any body's second amendment rights at all," said Becky Morgan, with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "Just having to fill out a piece of paperwork isn't taking away any body's second amendment rights."

Morgan says this study is proof.

The Johns Hopkins report showed the repeal of the a state gun law in 2007 is connected to the increase in murders.

The study shows between 2008 and 2012 there were an additional 55-63 murders per year in Missouri.

Federal law requires a background check to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer, and fifteen states require a background check for a private sale.

In Missouri, the permit to purchase law, which was a way for county officials to do background checks, was repealed in 2007.

Steven King, who owns Metro Shooting Supplies, called the John Hopkins findings obscene.

He says numbers can be skewed depending on what you are trying to prove and as for the permit to purchase law, it had nothing to do with criminals.

"Criminals aren't doing background checks they are not getting permits to purchase," King said. "This had nothing at all to do with the criminal element of murder or crimes with firearms by getting a permit to purchase, they weren't getting them anyway."

King says background checks are still being done with licensed dealers in the state of Missouri.

The study showed that while Missouri's homicide number was going up, the national murder rate went down.


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