JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Several Missouri gun advocates are questioning a new Johns Hopkins study that says Missouri would have fewer murders if it had more background checks.
Right now Missouri does not require a background check for un-licensed gun sellers but it does for licensed sellers like at a gun shop or show.
Study author Daniel Webster says the study set up a statistical model comparing the murder rate in states with such laws and those without.
He says Missouri has seen 16%more murders. But state representative Brian Nieves questions these findings.
At the end of Webster’s study there is a disclaimer saying adoption of more background checks might not yield the same results in each state.