We think the new law allowing Georgians to carry guns in bars in the name of safety is downright preposterous. http://t.co/NuSxmUjWh1
Read about our rally yesterday in Colorado encouraging Congress to #FinishTheJob! http://t.co/IxO4qTe6wS
Great rally in Denver with our advocates encouraging elected officials to #FinishTheJob! http://t.co/0I6jNm5aaL
A victory today as a pawnshop that sold the gun used ins cop killing agrees to report more on sales. http://t.co/5tEk4Kuj1w
This bill, which is about to be signed into law in Georgia today is troubling on so many levels. http://t.co/KVnnMkZc7t
A terrible tragedy that should have been avoided. Please #ASK if there is an unlocked gun where your child plays. http://t.co/K7xL8jwa4O
Retired SCOTUS Justice Stevens agrees we need Congress to #FinishTheJob on background checks for ALL gun sales! http://t.co/pNjvRXEF3o
RT @_VRGL: First day of summer, June 21 is #NationalASKDay by @CPYVorg. Ask friends, neighbors, other parents - "Is there a gun where my...
The suspect in the Kansas City shootings likely acquired his guns through a straw buyer. http://t.co/XWV87H5X2L
Why won't these members of Congress support CDC funding for gun violence research?? http://t.co/sHwcrSsAHs

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.