STUDY: States With Loose Gun Laws Have Higher Rates Of Gun Violence

by Zack Beauchamp, Center for American Progress, Apr 3, 2013

… While many factors contribute to the rates of gun violence in any state, our research clearly demonstrates a significant correlation between the strength of a state’s gun laws and the prevalence of gun violence in the state. Across the key indicators of gun violence that we analyzed, the 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have a level of gun violence that is more than twice as high—104 percent higher—than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws….

The CAP report’s finding is yet another contribution to a growing body of empirical evidence that strong gun laws work. A prior, less comprehensive study also established links between gun deaths and loose gun laws. After Missouri repealed its background check law, gun homicides went up 25 percent despite a national and regional decline. Three independent papers have found that counties with more guns have higher rates of gun death….

State gun violence ranking CAP 4:13

[According to the CAP’s full 2013 study “America Under the Gun,” Pennsylvania ranked in the middle of states, 27th in terms of ten measures of gun violence averaged together. Download the report here: AmericaUnderTheGun.]


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