Absolutely tragic. Unlocked guns should NOT be in the reach of children. http://t.co/wpT8VuaRSQ
Guns should NOT be a worry kindergartners have and it is heartbreaking that it is for some. http://t.co/eIMHWZVxja
So many of you have called, clicked, and shared! LET'S KEEP IT UP AND LET THESE SENATORS KNOW WE AREN'T GOING AWAY! http://t.co/USGTyAHZ7L
Sen. @marcorubio voted NO on background checks a year ago. Mark his #SHAMEaversary by calling him NOW and ask why! http://t.co/PM8xbe2yXW
Sen @robportman voted AGAINST the will of 90% of Americans a year ago today. CALL and tell him you haven't forgotten! http://t.co/ynOfEp8cop
A year ago TODAY @SenDeanHeller voted NO on background checks. This #SHAMEaversary CALL and say you haven't forgotten http://t.co/MeDRw5EvX3
A year ago 46 Senators voted AGAINST background checks. Mark their #SHAMEaversary by calling the following offices! http://t.co/WsbcoqjGu2
Great piece illustrating the hypocrisy of US gun laws. #FinishTheJob http://t.co/2KEnE7VfeD
We are excited by @MikeBloomberg's announcement today and applaud him for his ongoing efforts to end gun violence! http://t.co/yoIu3dSqek

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.