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Friday, January 18, 2013

Most Connecticut Killings are With Handguns, Not Rifles

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By Michael Gambina

www.ctmirror.org

Two thirds of the murders in Connecticut from 2006 to 2011 - some 454 - were committed with a gun.

Nearly 70 percent of those killings were with handguns, in keeping with the national trend, Federal Bureau of Investigation records show.

While assault weapons and semiautomatic rifles like the Bushmaster AR-15 have gathered much attention recently, statistics show they are not used in violent crimes as often as other firearms. Over the last six years, handguns were used in 317 Connecticut murder cases, compared to 12 killings committed with either a shotgun or rifle. (In some 125 cases, the nature of the firearm used in the killing was unknown.)

National trends are consistent with Connecticut’s experience. In the last six years, some 68 percent of all murder cases in the nation were committed with a gun.

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Posted 01/18/13 at 07:00 PM

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