Words from Our Bishops
Background Checks Save Lives…
In states where background checks are required for the purchase of a handgun, we’ve seen a reduction in gun violence across all categories. Compared with states that do not have a background check requirement, here is how they fare:
- Fewer women shot to death by an intimate partner 38%
- Fewer suicides with a gun 49%
- Fewer police murdered by a handgun that was not their own 39%
- Fewer “crime guns” exported to other states 64%
What happens when you repeal your handgun licensing law?
New research by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health shows that the repeal of Missouri’s permit-to-purchase requirement (required a background check to receive a permit) resulted in an additional 55 to 63 murders per year between 2008 and 2012, an overall increase in murder by gunfire of 23%. Read the full release.
- Increase in Missouri’s murder-by-gunfire rate after the repeal of their background check law 23%