Thursday, February 16, 2012

New 2011 State By State Anti Gun Rights Rankings

 Arizona, Alaska, and Utah are the winners in the Brady Campaign anti-gun rights sweepstakes for 2011. The anti gun rights organization annually rates all 50 states with a 100 point scorecard ranking on the basis of anti gun rights laws. These three states win for the least State interference in individual gun rights freedoms with 0 points each in 2011. California continues to blaze the trail by scoring 81 out of 100 possible points in repressive gun rights legislation. The rankings were based on gun laws passed by the end of 2011.

Here are all 50 states' rankings and the press release
·         Alabama 14
·         Alaska 0
·         Arizona 0
·         Arkansas 4
·         California 81
·         Colorado 15
·         Connecticut 58
·         Delaware 13
·         District of Columbia not ranked
·         Florida 3
·         Georgia 8
·         Hawaii 50
·         Idaho 2
·         Illinois 35
·         Indiana 7
·         Iowa 7
·         Kansas 4
·         Kentucky 2
·         Louisiana 2
·         Maine 7
·         Maryland 45
·         Massachusetts 65
·         Michigan 25
·         Minnesota 14
·         Mississippi 4
·         Missouri 4
·         Montana 2
·         Nebraska 5
·         Nevada 5
·         New Hampshire 6
·         New Jersey 72
·         New Mexico 4
·         New York 62
·         North Carolina 16
·         North Dakota 2
·         Ohio 7
·         Oklahoma 2
·         Oregon 15
·         Pennsylvania 26
·         Rhode Island 44
·         South Carolina 8
·         South Dakota 4
·         Tennessee 8
·         Texas 4
·         Utah 0
·         Vermont 6
·         Virginia 12
·         Virgin Islands
·         Washington 15
·         West Virginia 4
·         Wisconsin 3

      • Wyoming  4 * accidentally omitted from first posting

Brady Issues 2011 State Scorecard: California Rises Again

Feb 16, 2012
California Rises Again; Arizona, Alaska, And Utah Lead Zero-Sum Club
31 states with weak gun laws export 9 times the crime guns
as states with the strongest laws
WASHINGTON, D.C. – California continues to blaze legislative trails in adopting lifesaving gun laws, rising to a high of 81 points (out of a possible 100) on the 2011 Brady State Scorecard rankings, while too many states remain in the Zero-Sum Club with the weakest gun laws, the Brady Campaign announced today.

The Brady Campaign also announced today that its analysis of 2010 crime gun trace data supplied by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) found that the 31 states with the weakest gun laws export 9 times the crime guns as the six states with the strongest gun laws. (Click on the graph to the right to download the detailed PDF)
"Guns don't fall from the sky into the hands of criminals," said Brady Acting President Dennis Henigan. "All too often, crime guns come from gun dealers in the states that stubbornly refuse to enact common sense, lifesaving gun laws. Every day, a river of illegal guns flows out of the states with weak gun laws, victimizing families in states that are doing their best to protect their residents.  It is no accident that the states with the weakest gun laws are the exporters of death and injury."
For the 5th year in a row, the Brady Campaign has issued a 100-point scorecard ranking all 50 states on the basis of laws that can reduce gun violence, such as background checks on all gun sales, permit-to-purchase requirements, and limiting handgun purchases to one a month.  Today’s report ranks states for laws that were enacted by the end of 2011. It reveals that 31 states still have few gun laws, while six states, including California, that rank in the top tier, have strong and effective gun laws. (Legal Community Against Violence's web site and reports were the primary sources used in the report to determine the content of state gun laws.)
California remains the state with the strongest gun laws as it gained another point in 2011 after passing legislation that requires the retention of long gun records in the firearm database administered by the California Department of Justice. The absence of long gun records in the database represented a loophole in California law until it was closed last year. Handgun records are already maintained by the state. The long gun record retention legislation was the top priority of the California Brady Campaign Chapters and allies.
"California is golden when it comes to adopting laws that lead to safer communities. If more of America had California's gun laws, countless lives would be saved," added Henigan. 1

2011 State Scorecard Map
New JerseyMassachusettsNew YorkConnecticut, and Hawaii round out the top six states with the strongest gun laws, with scores ranging to 72 from 50, respectively. Those states also have the lowest gun death rates in the nation. 2
At the other end of the spectrum are ArizonaAlaska, and Utah with 0 points each. Florida made news this year after a demerit category was added for a gag rule on doctors that limits their freedom to discuss the dangers of guns with patients. Florida enacted the gag rule last year and that dropped its score to from 5 points to 3 points.
A fresh analysis of data for crime guns recovered by police and traced back to the dealer that sold the gun provides additional evidence showing that strong gun laws help to curb the supply of guns to the illegal market. The ATF data, available on its website, provide information on the source states of U.S. crime guns by state. The data show that states with weak gun laws have a crime gun export rate nine times higher than states with strong gun laws.
The Brady Center analyzed the data to identify patterns in the movements of crime guns across the United States, including which states have the highest rates of crime guns moving across state borders, known as the crime gun export rate (per 100,000 population).
TexasGeorgiaOhioLouisianaSouth CarolinaTennesseeIndianaMississippiWisconsinKentucky, andWest Virginia are among the 31 states that together export crime guns at a rate nine times higher than states with strong gun laws.

Brady Campaign officials acknowledge the research of Legal Community Against Violence on state gun laws. Their publication, “Regulating Guns in America,” and website served as the primary sources for this analysis. For more information, see
Notes on press release
1 Eleven Street Gangs in Los Angeles alone have stopped shooting each other, stopped committing crime, and terrorizing an unarmed public in California  because of California's strict gun laws. Right! Those are the: Black P-Stones, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Rollin' 40s, Rollin' 30s, Rollin' 60s, 18th Street Westside, 204th Street, Avenues, Canoga Park AlabamaGrape Street Crips, and La Mirada Locos ...

2  With New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Hawaii rounding out the top states  with the strongest gun laws, along with California being number one, shouldn't California also be among those states with the lowest gun deaths under the same logic? Wonder why they didn't make that list? What about Illinois? You can't even get a concealed carry permit there? FOID cards take forever to get processed. 


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Anonymous said...

Did Wyoming secede from the Union?

Brenton Adams said...

See you in court.

Love- California

Anonymous said...

Of course California has the worst gun laws. It also has the most incompetant and worthless politicians!

Anonymous said...

California also has one of the highest gun related crime rates in the Nation. Imagine that.