Connecticut law associated with 40 percent drop in gun homicides

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University examined the effects of a Connecticut law requiring prospective handgun buyers to first obtain a permit – by passing a criminal background check. In the ten years after the law was implemented, homicides committed with firearms declined a stunning 40 percent.

“Permit-to-purchase laws, which require prospective handgun purchasers to first obtain a license from the police after passing a comprehensive background check, appear to reduce the availability of handguns to criminals and other people who are not legally permitted to buy guns.”

-- Study author Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

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