New details show the Boston Marathon bomber got his gun through a private transfer from a heroin dealer. http://t.co/CAt4jGq967
BREAKING NEWS in Pennsylvania where there are reports of a shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. http://t.co/jHvrtvCKKh
Some really interesting statistics that shed light on where gun violence is happening and who it is happening to. http://t.co/GIg93uxGlV
Awful! A teenager isn't even safe on her own porch--Bemidji man charged with shooting girl on her deck-- http://t.co/riqchIvqec via @SFGate
Our children deserve so much more! http://t.co/pTcSYRlfTn
It seems like we have unintentional shootings involving youth happen almost daily. http://t.co/uKpdtsJyME
Awful story out of Alabama. Guns are not toys and should always be treated as if they're loaded! http://t.co/dPMOMofcGw
Umm, what???---NRA Floats Idea Of Kids Needing To Show Gun Proficiency "To Advance To The Next Grade"--http://t.co/pqCU9vrKur via @mmfa
BID on your chance to meet Megan Mullally backstage after a Broadway performance! #BidForBrady http://t.co/nFkwZ8R7wO
Wow. Interesting piece on how lax gun laws and bad-apple gun dealers are helping fuel violence in Latin America. http://t.co/j0pbsA6WSG

State Gun Laws

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 prevent gun violence, such as background checks on all gun sales, permit-to-purchase requirements, limiting handgun purchases to one a month, and retention of sales records. The scorecard ranks states for laws that were in enacted by the end of 2011.

California continues to blaze legislative trails in saving lives, rising to a high of 81 points on the 2011 Brady State Scorecard rankings of state gun laws. California’s universal background check system, retention of purchase records, limiting handgun purchases to one a month, and an assault clip ban are just some of the laws that provide a road map to preventing gun violence.

Opposite California are Arizona, Alaska, and Utah with 0 points each. In fact, a Brady Campaign analysis of crime gun trace data finds that the 31 states with few or no gun laws export 9 times the crime guns as the six states with the strongest gun laws.

Click here to download state rankings

Click here to download full state scorecard

Click here for descriptions of all the scoring criterion

Legal Community Against Violence's publication, "Regulating Guns in America" and the LCAV.org website served as the primary sources for this analysis.