The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has issued its 2016 Gun Law State Scorecard, and New York State again ranked high on the list for strong gun laws, with an A- rating. New York is tied with Maryland for having the fifth best ranking in the country.
The scorecard assigns letter grades to each state based on the strength or weakness of its gun laws. As in years past, this year’s Scorecard showcases compelling evidence: by enacting smart gun laws, states can significantly reduce gun death rates and safeguard our communities.
There is room for improvement in New York, though. To further reduce gun violence, the report calls for New York to enact measures calling for domestic violence protection orders, safe storage and waiting periods for gun purchases–measures NYAGV is advocating.
The 2016 Gun Law State Scorecard reveals the strong correlation between smart gun laws and lower gun death rates. States with the weakest laws, like Mississippi and Alaska, have some of the highest gun death rates in the nation; and states with stronger gun laws like California and New York have some of the lowest gun death rates in the country.
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2016 Gun Law State Scorecard Report, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, December 2016