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Report: Missouri Ranks 15th Deadliest for Gun Violence

Missouri gets a failing grade for the strength of its gun laws in a new report. (in.gov)
Missouri gets a failing grade for the strength of its gun laws in a new report. (in.gov)
October 20, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Someone is killed with a gun in Missouri every 10 hours, according to a new report, earning the state a ranking of 15th worst in the nation for gun violence.

Researchers with the Center for American Progress looked at ten types of gun violence - including suicides, homicides and mass shootings - that occurred over the 10 year period from 2005 to 2014. Report co-author Chelsea Parsons, vice president of guns and crime policy at the Center for American Progress, said the states with the strictest gun laws had the lowest levels of violence.

"What we found is that the ten states that have the weakest gun laws collectively have rates of gun violence that are more than three times higher than the ten states with the strongest gun laws,” Parsons said.

The report noted that a 2013 poll found that 85 percent of Missouri voters supported background checks for every gun sale.

Researchers found that laws requiring background checks, trigger-lock rules and training requirements coincided with lower rates of gun violence, particularly in cases of domestic violence.

"Making sure that all gun sales in the state are required to undergo a background check will help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, who are not supposed to be able to buy them,” Parson said.

From 2005 to 2014, 1,017 young people under age 21 lost their lives to gun violence in Missouri, the fourth-highest rate in the nation for deaths in that age group.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MO