Florida, your antics really aren't funny anymore. http://t.co/B6gZGpVoa8
Great editorial on the importance of Washingtonians voting to expand background checks to ALL gun sales this Nov.! http://t.co/ssw7m2A0lD
RT @NBCNightlyNews: LATEST: 2 U.S. Marshals, 1 NYPD officer shot in Manhattan; suspect dead http://t.co/WPDjCM5eRF @NBCNewYork...
Terrible tragedy out of South Carolina, where a child died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. http://t.co/W6kKSCE6SL #ASKingSavesKids
READ our statement on the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals "Docs. vs. Glocks" ruling this weekend. http://t.co/7yty3XBZTp
Another tragic and deadly weekend in Chicago, where yet again a child was caught in the crossfire. http://t.co/kndEWRFFRZ
Great article on the 12 important questions every parent should ask before their child's play date! #ASKingSavesKids http://t.co/g6hIaA27DD
Interesting look from an outside perspective on the relationship between children and guns in the US. http://t.co/6wzvGKwVX8
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

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.