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Study Claims Connection With Repealed Mo. Law, Murders

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A study claims that an increase in murders could be connected to the repeal of a Missouri gun law.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A study claims that an increase in murders could be connected to the repeal of a Missouri gun law. 

The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins University, claims that legislation repealing the permit to purchase law is associated with about 60 more murders each year in the Show-Me State.

The law required anyone who wanted to buy a gun to first apply for a permit through their local sheriff's office. 

"Any handgun that was changing hands, you had to have a permit to purchase a gun, now, were there individuals selling guns without that? I'm sure there were," Bob Cirtin, the director of Evangel University's Criminal Justice program said. 

Cirtin said the repeal cuts out the involvement of local authorities. 

"Selling from individual to another individual, the permitting process does not apply," Cirtin said. 

At gun shops, criminal background checks are still conducted -- though they are quicker, since they require a phone call to the FBI. Federal law requires that check. 

"You'll have to fill out a government form 4473, which is basically a background check," Gunsmoke Gun-And-Gold Exchange manager Brandon Reynolds said about buying a gun from a dealer. 

Reynolds said buying a gun from a dealer protects the purchaser. 

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You know that everything's been run through the police department, so nothing's stolen, you know you're not buying a stolen gun." Reynolds said. 

The study will be published in the Journal of Urban Health. It also claims that the in gun violence over the past five years was unique in Missouri and was not seen in neighboring states. 

"Bad guys, the criminals, they're not going to obey the laws anyway. They don't care," Cirtin said. 

"Basically it was just a double check, an old Jim Crow law that was put in place in the 1920s to keep minorities from buying guns," Reynolds said. 
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