Every year, more than 30,000 Americans die from gun violence. But there's more to the story. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has been fighting for smart gun laws for over 20 years, and we've noticed a trend: the states with stronger gun regulation have lower gun death rates, and the states with weaker regulation have higher gun death rates.
By grading all 50 states on their gun laws and showing the clear correlation between smart gun laws and reduced gun violence, we can encourage state legislators to adopt the common-sense solutions that will save lives. And not just at home -- we found that states with the weakest gun laws are also responsible for trafficking the most crime guns.
We grade the states each year to urge our leaders to build on the momentum for smart gun laws in America, stand up to the gun lobby, and not rest until the entire country has an A+.