'2014 Gun Law State Scorecard'

'2014 Gun Law State Scorecard'

In the wake of the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, thirty-seven states have passed ninety-nine laws aimed at strengthening gun regulation, including ten states that have enacted major overhauls of their gun laws, a study by the finds. Funded in part by the , the graded states on the relative strength of their gun laws — which, the center says, are correlated with lower rates of shooting deaths — using indicators such as whether they require universal background checks, prohibit domestic violence offenders from purchasing guns, limit bulk firearms purchases, and regulate gun dealers. California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, and Massachusetts topped the rankings with an "A-," while twenty-seven states received an "F."