Tough Gun Control Laws = Lower Death Rates

A study published by the  Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence shows that states with the strictest gun laws have the lowest number of gun-related deaths.

States with strong gun laws include:

  • California

  • Hawaii

  • Massachusetts

  • Rhode Island

  • New York

  • New Jersey

  • Connecticut

States with weak gun laws include:

  • Alaska

  • Louisiana

  • Montana

  • Nevada

  • Arizona

  • New Mexico

  • Wyoming

  • Tennessee

  • Alabama

  • Mississippi

Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco hopes to use the Bay area study to support SB 47 legislation in California that would prohibit semiautomatic weapons from having devices that allow them to carry high-capacity magazines or easily be reloaded with multiple rounds of ammunition. 1

The law center was formed by Bay area lawyers in 1993 following an assault weapon rampage at a San Francisco law office that ended with 10 people dead and six wounded.

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2013/01/tough-gun-control.html

Record number of Gun Background Checks in December Due to High Demand

According to the FBI, gun background checks increased by 49% over December 2011 to 2.01 Million. 1  The change is as a result of high demand.  Violence Policy Director Josh Sugarmann said the rise in gun sales after a mass shooting is “disturbing.”

“While the majority of Americans look for solutions to stop the next attack, a minority of gun owners runs to hoard the very guns used in the most recent” incidents, Sugarmann said in an email. 1

Smith & Wesson has a different view:

“The last eight years (have) been very good to be a handgun company. The market has expanded significantly, and long guns having done pretty good, as well,” said Smith & Wesson Chief Executive James Debney at a December 12 conference for investors. 1

James Debney

Source:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/02/us-usa-guns-record-idUSBRE9010H020130102