In a new state-by-state analysis of gun laws and their effectiveness in reducing gun violence, New York State again comes out a leader, with an A- rating.

This is according to the 2014 Gun Law State Scorecard, a report issued December 12 by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The report assigns letter grades to all 50 states based on the effectiveness of their gun laws.

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2014-state-gun-scorecardSince the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012, New York State responded by taking the following actions:

  • Closing the private sale loophole to require background checks on all gun and ammunition sales, which will keep guns out of the wrong hands.
  • Requiring recertification of pistol permits every five years and providing stronger protections for victims of domestic violence by keeping guns out of the hands of their abusers.
  • Passing a stronger assault weapons ban making it illegal to purchase the Bushmaster AR-15 used in the Newtown massacre and requiring the registration of assault weapons possessed prior to January 15, 2013.

“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.

The Scorecard also captures momentum in the fight for smart gun laws in 2014, particularly with regards to background checks, gun violence restraining orders, and laws that keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence abusers, with 99 new laws strengthening gun regulations. States earned points for smart laws, such as prohibiting domestic violence offenders from accessing guns, limiting bulk firearms purchases, and regulating gun dealers. States lost points for laws that weaken public safety, such as permitting hidden, loaded guns in schools and bars, removing the duty to retreat outside the home, and allowing concealed weapons in public without a permit.

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