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Top 5 Strongest And Weakest State Gun Laws



According the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 87 Americans die from guns every day. Some lawmakers say that state laws on guns need to be tougher, while others say that few changes are needed.  Vice President Joe Biden met with both gun control proponents and opponents this week in Washington in an effort to gather a list of recommendations he can present to President Obama by January 15. Biden stated that an improved system for state background checks has emerged as a priority for the stakeholders he’s met with so far.

Depending on where you stand on gun regulations, the following is a list of the top 5 states with strongest  gun laws in the country, followed by the top 5 states with the weakest gun laws.

 States With The Strongest Gun Laws

1. California

California ranked 1st out of  50 states having enacted the strongest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation. California requires all gun sales to be processed through a licensed dealer, requiring background checks. California also requires all gun dealers to obtain a state licenses to sell guns and bans most assault weapons and 50 caliber rifles, and prohibits the sale or transfer of large capacity ammunition magazines.

2. New Jersey

New Jersey ranked 2nd out of 50 states having enacted nearly the strongest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation. New Jersey requires permits for the purchase of any handgun, as well as a separate permit for persons purchasing long guns, both requiring a background check prior to issuance. Provides law enforcement discretion when issuing permits to carry concealed weapons and prohibits the purchase or possession of a firearm by persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses, and by persons subject to protective orders.

3. Massachusetts

Massachusetts ranked 3rd out of 50 states having enacted nearly the strongest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation. Massachusetts requires any person who sells, rents, or leases a firearm to obtain a state dealer license; unlicensed sellers may transfer no more than 4 firearms per year. The state bans most assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, but not 50 caliber rifles. Requires all firearm purchasers to obtain a license, and report any lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement.

4. Connecticut

Connecticut ranked 4th out of 50 states having enacted nearly the strongest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation. Connecticut requires a background check prior to the transfer of a handgun between individuals other than licensed firearms dealers. A person must undergo a background check for all firearm transfers at gun shows, but not for private transfers of long guns elsewhere. Handgun purchaser must first obtain an eligibility certificate before purchasing a hand gun and dealer must obtain a state license.

5. Hawaii

Hawaii ranked 5th out of 50 states having enacted nearly the strongest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Hawaii, requires any person who is in the business of selling or manufacturing firearms to obtain a state dealer license, which must be renewed annually. Bans most assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines and requires all firearm purchasers to obtain a license.

 

States With The Weakest Gun Laws

1. South Dakota

South Dakota ranked 50th out of 50 having the worst gun violence prevention laws of any state.  South Dakota does not require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed individuals or requires firearms dealers to obtain a state license. South Dakota also does not regulate the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines. In addition, in 2009, South Dakota repealed the state’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.1.

2. Arizona

Arizona ranked 49th out of 50 having enacted nearly the weakest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation. Arizona does not require a background check prior to thetransfer of a firearm between private, unlicensed parties. Arizona fails to prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines or firearms dealers to obtain a state license.

3. Mississippi

Mississippi ranked 48th out of 50 having enacted nearly the weakest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation. Mississippi does not require a limit on the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time. Mississippi does not prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines or Regulate unsafe handguns.

4. Vermont

Vermont ranked 47th out of 50 having enacted nearly the weakest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation. Vermont does not require the reporting of mental health commitments or adjudications for firearm purchaser background checks or require firearms dealers or purchasers to obtain a state license. Vermont also does not prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines.

5. Louisiana

Louisiana ranked 46th out of 50 having enacted nearly the weakest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation.  Louisiana does not prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines. Also Louisiana does not require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private, unlicensed parties.

 

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