Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2015
Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson [at] bradymail [dot] org
New Travel Site for Criminals Spotlights ‘Friendliest States’ to Buy, Carry, or Traffic Guns
‘CrimAdvisor’ Parody Site and Funny or Die Video Accompany Release of Brady’s Annual ‘State Scorecard’
WASHINGTON, DC – The new CrimAdvisor.com website and Funny or Die video highlight the “friendliest states” for criminals to buy, carry, or even traffic guns. Their motto? “A criminal’s best shot at finding a gun… No matter who you are or what you’ve done.” The site and video are based on the Brady Campaign’s annual state scorecard, ranking all 50 states on how much they do (or don’t do) to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people.
Fifteen states – including Arizona, Nevada, and Florida – earn a “2015 Criminals’ Choice Award.” And ten states make the “Traffickers’ Top 10” list due to their accommodation of creeps who buy guns in bulk in states with weak gun laws and then resell them in states with strong gun laws. The site also features “peer reviews” from criminals praising states with weak gun laws and, of course, warning gun-toting felons to shy away from 10 “least friendly” states with strong gun laws, such as California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
This whole thing would be really funny, if it weren’t so tragically true,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Several states make it so outrageously easy to get and carry guns without background checks that they have become prime destinations for criminals. The American public deserves to know which states are recklessly selling out our safety to do the bidding of the corporate gun lobby. They may be paradise for criminals but the rest of us should all think twice before visiting, moving to, or doing business there.” Brady developed the CrimAdvisor video in partnership with writer, director, and producer Adam McKay and the team at Funny or Die.
McKay says: “I think most Americans would flip out if they knew just how ridiculously easy it is for criminals to buy and carry guns in some of these states. Hopefully, we can do our small part to bring attention to this important issue by making people laugh.”
The state scorecard ranks all 50 states on 33 gun policies, including background checks on all gun sales, laws that secure guns from dangerous people, preventing irresponsible gun dealers from supplying crime guns, and reporting lost or stolen firearms. Under this scoring system, states can earn a maximum score of 100 points. The score represents an analysis of the state’s gun laws, its gun death rate, and its crime gun export rate.
The 15 “Criminals’ Choice” states are Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, Louisiana, Montana, Arkansas, Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, Nevada, Maine, Mississippi, Idaho, New Mexico, and Alabama. Many of these states have the weakest gun laws in the country, along with the highest gun death rate.
The 10 states “least friendly” to criminals are California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Hawaii, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Illinois. These are the states with the strongest gun laws in the country that prohibit dangerous people from buying firearms.
Despite the fact that a majority of states do have weak gun laws, progress continues to be made and states are taking action to keep their communities safer from gun violence. Over the past two years, five states – Washington, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, and New York – have expanded Brady background checks to all gun sales. This means that 1 in 3 Americans now live in states that protect them with expanded background checks. Soon, the state legislature in Oregon will consider legislation to become the sixth state since 2013, and the eighth state overall to expand background checks on all gun sales.
Last year, California passed a “Gun Violence Restraining Order” law to provide new legal tools for families and law enforcement to secure guns from individuals who posed a danger to themselves or others.
Visit www.CrimAdvisor.com to view the video co-branded by the Brady Campaign and Funny Or Die, and to read the full state scorecard and data set.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s website was the primary source used for determining points awarded for each state. For more information about the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence please visit smartgunlaws.org.
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