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Report: States With Strong Gun Laws Have Less Gun Violence

Craig LeMoult

A new study by the Center for American Progress shows Connecticut and other states with strong gun laws have lower rates of gun violence. Connecticut had the fifth lowest rate of overall gun deaths, with only five deaths per 100,000 people between 2005 and 2014.

Governor Dannel Malloy says the laws passed by Connecticut after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting have led to a dramatic reduction in violent crime in the state.

“In the two years since we’ve passed our updated gun laws, Connecticut has seen the sharpest drop in violent crime in any of the 50 states,” Malloy said.

Malloy says he’d like other states to enact stronger gun laws, especially since many firearms used in crimes in Connecticut are traced back to states with loopholes for obtaining guns.