Ari Davis in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Stronger firepower a factor in deadlier street violence, experts say

Ari Davis, a policy analyst with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said the regulation of large-capacity magazines in conjunction with violence intervention programs such as Cure Violence can reduce gun deaths. He cited research linking a rise in gun deaths to the 2007 repeal of a Missouri law requiring handgun buyers to undergo background checks and get a permit.

“I think you really have to address root causes and you have to stop the bleeding in terms of interrupting those cycles of violence,” Davis said. “And when you pair all of those things together, I think it can really be effective at reducing gun violence.”

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