In a new state-by-state analysis of gun laws and their effectiveness in reducing gun violence, New York State comes out a leader, ranking fifth among the 50 states.
The report, “2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter,” produced by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, gave New York a A- grade for its strong gun laws, including the New York SAFE Act.
The Act was passed in January 2013, just a month after the tragic shootings in Newtown.
“New York State has the fourth lowest gun death rate in the nation, a testament to its strong gun safety laws,” said NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett.
States received points for having effective laws in each policy area, with stronger laws receiving more points. States lost points for irresponsible measures that increase the likelihood of gun violence, such as laws that allow individuals to carry loaded, concealed weapons in public without a permit. Every state was awarded a letter grade indicating the overall strength or weakness of its gun laws.
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