In the past few years, gun deaths in Connecticut have been in decline. In 2012, there were 115 homicides; in 2013, the year our landmark legislation passed, there were 71, and so far this year, through November, there have been 50. Smart gun laws combined with good community policing programs such as Project Longevity have resulted in significant decline in gun homicides. Project Longevity in Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven has reduced gun homicides in those three cities every year: 75 in 2011, 56 in 2012, 49 in 2013, and 30 so far in 2014.
Connecticut has the second strongest gun laws in the nation, and the sixth lowest rate of gun deaths. This data demonstrates that smart gun laws work. In the coming year, CAGV hopes to help cut the rate of gun deaths more through support to Project Longevity, tightening safe storage requirements, and supporting domestic violence proposals to require law enforcement to remove guns from the subjects of restraining orders as soon as they are filed.
Our data is confirmed monthly with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut.
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