Every State, Ranked
Each year, our attorneys track and analyze gun legislation in all 50 states, assigning laws and policies point values. States are ranked and given letter grades, which are then compared to the most recent gun death rates released by the CDC. For over a decade now, the data has shown that commonsense gun laws prevent gun violence—but only in the states with the courage to enact them.
Select a state on the map or in the table to view that state’s individual scorecard.
|Gun Law Strength (Ranked)||State||Grade||Gun Death Rate (Ranked)||Gun Death Rate (per 100K)|
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Looking to strengthen your state’s gun laws? Our experts regularly partner with state lawmakers to craft effective, lifesaving firearm legislation. We’re also happy to speak with researchers, advocates, and members of the media looking to learn about our proven strategies for preventing violence.
Gun Laws Save Lives
As grades worsen, gun death rates increase.
The correlation is undeniable: states with stronger gun laws have lower gun death rates. Simply put, gun laws save lives. But strong laws can’t fully protect a state if its neighbors haven’t done their part. Gun trafficking from states with weak gun laws undermines protections that work to prevent shootings and plays a major role in fueling violence in states with strong laws.
Until every state in the union steps up to support gun safety laws, America will continue to have one of the highest gun death rates in the world.Read More
YEAR IN REVIEW
Six days into 2021, armed insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol and set the tone for extremist legislators nationwide. Despite the horrific start to the year, many lawmakers and advocates across the country remained dedicated to passing gun safety bills in their home states—and succeeded. The progress our movement made last year was critical, but the fight to save lives is a marathon, not a sprint—and we can’t let up now.
Here are a few of the best and worst states of 2021.
In 2021, 27 states and DC passed 75 gun safety bills, including lifesaving legislation like improving background checks and increasing funding for community violence intervention programs. But 19 states also passed 64 dangerous gun laws—like permitless carry—that put communities at risk. We’re fighting the gun lobby in states across the country, but we need your support to keep their deadly agenda at bay.
Surges in Violence
Gun violence is on the rise nationally, but states with strong laws weather the surge better over time than states with weak laws.
Over the last decade, gun violence has jumped 22% across the country—driven by steady increases in gun suicides and a precipitous rise in gun homicides during the pandemic. States with the weakest gun laws have been hit hardest by rising violence: from 2011 to 2020, gun death rates rose by a staggering 37% in F states. A states saw a smaller increase over this period, one roughly half the size of F states.Read More
The gun death rate for Black Americans is more than double that of white Americans, largely due to gun homicides, and the surge in gun violence we’ve seen over the past two years disproportionately affects communities of color. Our leaders must not only pass gun safety laws that protect all Americans but also invest in proven, lifesaving community violence intervention programs that interface directly with the small percentage of individuals at highest risk for violence.
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Gun Laws By State
Explore the ins and outs of gun safety laws and policies in all 50 states.
Annual Gun Law Scorecard
- Gun Safety Strength Rankout of 50
- Gun Death Rate Rankout of 50
- Gun Deaths per 100k
- % difference from national average