New York State has again earned top marks for its strong gun laws, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the nation’s leading resource for tracking and analyzing gun laws.
In the Center’s 2015 Gun Law State Scorecard, which assigns a letter grade and ranking to each state based on the strength of its gun laws, New York State earned an overall grade of A- and has the nation’s third lowest gun death rate.
Issued annually, the Gun Law State Scorecard continues to reveal a strong correlation between strong gun laws and fewer gun deaths. States with the weakest laws, like Wyoming and Mississippi, have some of the highest gun death rates in the country, while states with strong laws, like Massachusetts and New York, have some of the lowest gun death rates.
“In New York we know that our strong gun laws work. Gun deaths in our state have fallen four years in a row from 2010-2013, whereas nationally they have risen over the same period. As Congress fails to act to protect the safety of its citizens, it’s up to states like New York to lead,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director of NYAGV.
- NYAGV’s press release, “New York State Earns High Marks for Strong Gun Laws”
- 2015 Gun Law State Scorecard, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
- New York Gun Law Summary, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence