States with strong gun laws consistently have the lowest gun death rates. However, half of the nation—25 states—receive an F grade
Last week, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released the latest edition of its Annual Gun Law Scorecard, which grades and ranks each state on the strength of its gun laws. This comprehensive, 50-state analysis shows how stronger gun laws like background checks help reduce gun death rates and save lives. Tennessee received a “D-” due to its lack of comprehensive gun safety measures, but has improved marginally from its failing grade last year.
Gun safety measures Tennessee lacks include not requiring background checks, state licenses for gun dealers, and waiting periods on firearm purchases.
In fact, the scorecard shows that the majority of states could do more:
“Every day in our country, nearly 100 Americans die from gun violence. While this crisis is impacting families in every community in every state, we know its toll disproportionately hits states with weaker gun laws the hardest,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Year after year, our research shows that states that get serious about passing stronger gun violence prevention laws have a much better chance of reducing the number of deaths linked to firearms. This scorecard should be a wake-up call to the half of the nation that has failing grades that they are on notice. The Gun Law Scorecard should inspire elected leaders, activists, and concerned citizens to take action.”