Missouri Ranks Among Worst 10 States for Gun Saftey

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released its Annual Gun Law Scorecard that ranks all 50 states on their gun laws.

Posted: Mar 2, 2018 2:00 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2018 2:06 PM

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released the latest edition of its Annual Gun Law Scorecard that ranks all 50 states on the strength of their gun laws.

According to a press release, the analysis is meant to show how stronger gun laws like background check help reduce gun death rates and save lives. 

The scorecard places Missouri with some of the weakest gun laws of any state with an F grade. 

As stated in a press release, Missouri lacks gun safety measures like universal background checks, risk protection orders, or domestic violence prevention. Missouri has experienced a 25 percent increase in gun-related deaths and injuries since it repealed a permit-to-purchase law in 2007.

“Every day in our country, nearly 100 Americans die from gun violence. While this crisis is impacting families in every community in every state, we know its toll disproportionately hits states with weaker gun laws the hardest,” Robyn Thomas, executive director of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said. “Year after year, our research shows that states that get serious about passing stronger gun violence prevention laws have a much better chance of reducing the number of deaths linked to firearms. This scorecard should be a wake-up call to the half of the nation that has failing grades that they are on notice. The Gun Law Scorecard should inspire elected leaders, activists, and concerned citizens to take action.”

Of the 10 states with the lowest gun death rates, eight have some of strongest gun laws in the country, receiving a B or better. All eight also have passed private-sale background checks. Those eight are:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Rhode Island
  3. New York
  4. Hawaii
  5. Connecticut
  6. New Jersey
  7. California
  8. Washington
As stated in the release, the 10 states with the highest gun death rates have some of the weakest gun laws in the nation, with all 10 receiving an F on the Gun Law Scorecard. They are in order of deadliness below:

  1. Missouri
  2. Alaska
  3. Alabama
  4. Louisiana
  5. Mississippi
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Montana
  8. New Mexico
  9. Arkansas
  10. South Carolina
For more information, visit lawcenter.giffords.org/scorecard/

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