Because our federal gun laws are so weak, states can play a critical role by adopting laws to protect communities from gun violence. While some states have enacted a number of strong laws, others have far too few laws on the books. Learn about the gun laws in every state, or see how your state compares to others across the country.

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Tracking State Gun Laws: 2014 Developments

Tracking State Gun Laws: 2014 Developments

Each year, in state legislative houses across the country, elected officials vote on hundreds of...READ MORE

2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter

2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is proud to partner with the Brady Campaign to release ou...READ MORE

Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence

Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence

We hear stories of gun violence every day. Domestic disputes turning deadly. Street crimes takin...READ MORE

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