States With More Permissive Gun Laws See Higher Rates of Mass Shootings

States With More Permissive Gun Laws See Higher Rates of Mass Shootings

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Flowers, buttons, and other items adorn a rock which is part of a semi-circle of stones at the makeshift memorial for the Virginia Tech shooting victims on the Drillfield of the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., Wednesday, June 13, 2007. States "with more permissive gun laws and greater gun ownership" have higher rates of mass shootings, according to a new study published in the medical journal The BMJ. The study also found that states with more restrictive gun laws have fewer mass shootings, after adjusting for population. "There’s a relationship between the restrictiveness or permissiveness of state gun laws and the rate of mass shootings in those states," said Charles Branas, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University and one of the study’s co-authors. Researchers looked at mass shooting rates within states, defining it as "independent events in which four or more people were killed by a firearm." They used data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting System (UCR) from 1998 to 2015. The UCR is a system which compiles reported crime data from about 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies which voluntarily add data. Florida does not participate in this system, so the state’s data on mass shootings was not included in the study. The researchers then compared the number of each state’s mass shootings to how permissive or restrictive a state’s gun laws are, using the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearms Laws of the Fifty States […]

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