GIFFORDS Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released their updated edition of the Annual Gun Law Scorecard, and New York leads with an A- score.
This year’s 50-state report shows 26 states receiving an F on the quality of their gun laws. The latest edition of the scorecard shows that states with stronger gun laws have lower gun death rates.
The A- rating given to New York is reflective of the raising of the age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle to 21, restriction of concealed carrying licensing standards and stronger regulations of gun dealers and ammunition.
“New York has strong gun safety laws, but more can be done. We’ve proven that lawmakers can save lives, reduce violence, and make their states safer by following a simple blueprint: pass gun violence prevention laws,” Peter Ambler, executive director of GIFFORDS said.
Of the ten states with the lowest gun death rates, seven have the strongest gun laws in the country based on this year’s scorecard, each receiving a B+ or higher.
Nine of the ten states with the highest gun death rates received an F on the scorecard.