CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A study out of Johns Hopkins University said homicides involving guns went up by 25 percent in Missouri between 2008 and 2010.
The professor attributed the state's repeal of the "permit to acquire law" in 2007, as a turning point.
The study said the former law closed the gap on private handgun sales, since they buyer still needed a permit from the local sheriff's office, which ensured a background check.
People in the Heartland, like Lanell Lang at Shooter's Gun Shop in Cape Girardeau, said they think the correlation between the repealed law and increased homicides is off the target.
"Permits were only for pistols, so the pistols are not always the ones that are used in the crimes," said Lang.
"I don't place much value in it because it's contrary to the other numbers that we get throughout the country that homicides have gone down," said Jack Kramer.
Kramer said he wants more proof. He said he isn't worried about these increasing numbers.
"Not based on this, if it were true, maybe, but at this point since its counter to all the other surveys, I wouldn't place much credence in it," said Kramer.
Even though gun owners don't have to get a permit from the sheriff's department before purchasing, Lang said they do still have to get the background check through the federal government.
"The background checks are always done no matter what gun you purchase," said Lang.
Both Lang and Kramer said stricter gun laws wouldn't necessarily prevent future gun deaths.
"People that are going to commit the crimes are going to get the guns illegally one way or the other," said Kramer.
"Criminals are going to get the guns anywhere, they're not going to go through a background check in order to get their gun," said Lang.
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