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Salon isn't making any friends at the NRA with this piece observing that "requiring people to apply for a permit before buying a handgun helped Connecticut quietly reduce its firearm-related homicide rate by 40 percent:"

Connecticut's "permit to purchase" law, in effect for two decades, requires residents to undergo background checks, complete a safety course and apply in-person for a permit before they can buy a handgun. The law applies to both private sellers and licensed gun dealers. [...]

The [Johns Hopkins] study found a 40 percent reduction in gun-related homicides. Bolstering what researchers say is the correlation between the permit law and the drop in gun homicides, there wasn't a similar drop in non-firearm homicides.

Many gun-control measures have broad public support: "72 percent of Americans and 59 percent of gun owners support laws requiring people to get licenses before they can buy a handgun." The study on the "Association Between Connecticut's Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Law and Homicides" concludes the following:

We estimated that the law was associated with a 40% reduction in Connecticut's firearm homicide rates during the first 10 years that the law was in place. By contrast, there was no evidence for a reduction in nonfirearm homicides.

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