When Missouri repealed a key gun law, few protested. The result: more deaths than ever

When Missouri repealed a key gun law, few protested. The result: more deaths than ever

The repeal in 2007 of the permit-to-purchase law led to anywhere from 49 to 68 additional firearms deaths each year in Missouri over the following decade, according to Johns Hopkins researchers (illustration courtesy of the Kansas City Star). Frank Randle was pulling his truck into the parking lot of 9ine Ultra Lounge for his shift as a security guard at the club in January 2020 when chaos broke out. Gunshots pierced the frigid air as people ran in all directions, screaming and trampling each other. In his rearview, he saw a woman on the ground bleeding. Just feet from his truck, Randle saw a man with a Draco AK-style rifle firing into a crowd of people waiting to get into the nightclub. The shooting killed a young woman and injured 16 people. “At that point, I had done security work for many different venues for 15 years, but that one night, that was just the one that was the most unreal one I have ever been a part of,” said Randle, who has since stopped working security because he no longer felt safe after that night. “I’ve seen people shot at or shot, but not like that.” In the days after the shooting, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker pointed out it might never have happened if not for rollbacks in Missouri gun laws. To understand the issue of gun law changes in Missouri, three reporters on the project worked over the past four months to research the 2007 […]

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