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New study: Elimination of background check in Missouri leads to spike in murders

Updated: 2014-02-19T01:46:45Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

The verdict is in on the repeal of a law in 2007 that required gun buyers to first obtain a license that proved they’d passed a background check.

A new study from the John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research found that the decision has led to a spike in murders in a state already struggling with high homicide rates in its two biggest cities: Kansas City and St. Louis.

In fact, the study — to be released in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Urban Health — found that the number of murders grew by 55 to 63 a year.

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