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Gun Law Ranking – Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Scoring Methodology

Gun Law Ranking – Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

In its '2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter', the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked all fifty US states.

States received points for having effective laws in each policy area, with stronger laws receiving more points. States lost points for irresponsible measures that increase the likelihood of gun violence, such as laws that allow individuals to carry loaded, concealed weapons in public without a permit.

Ultimately, every state was awarded a letter grade indicating the overall strength or weakness of its gun laws.

Because so many states enacted strong new laws in 2013, several states received a higher grade than in past rankings. Thanks to new laws enacted in 2013, six states’ grades improved compared to the Law Center’s 2012 publication 'Gun Laws Matter'.

To view the rankings by jurisdiction and methodology, follow the citation links displayed on each of our tables and charts.

[Editor's Note: These rankings are subjective, and rely on the authors' assessment of effective regulation to prevent armed violence.]

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