Brady Campaign Issues 2011 State Scorecards


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 16, 2012 -

California continues to blaze legislative trails in adopting lifesaving gun laws, rising to a high of 81 points (out of  a possible 100) on the 2011 Brady State Scorecard rankings, while too many states remain in the Zero-Sum Club with the weakest gun laws, the Brady Campaign announced today.


The Brady Campaign also announced today that its analysis of 2010 crime gun trace data supplied by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) found that the 31 states with the weakest gun laws export 9 times the crime guns as the six states with the strongest gun laws. (Click here for graph.)


“Guns don’t fall from the sky into the hands of criminals,” said Brady Acting President Dennis Henigan. “All too often, crime guns come from gun dealers in the states that stubbornly refuse to enact common sense, lifesaving gun laws. Every day, a river of illegal guns flows out of the states with weak gun laws, victimizing families in states that are doing their best to protect their residents.  It is no accident that the states with the weakest gun laws are the exporters of death and injury.”


For the 5th year in a row, the Brady Campaign has issued a 100-point scorecard ranking all 50 states on the basis of laws that can reduce gun violence, such as background checks on all gun sales, permit-to-purchase requirements, and limiting handgun purchases to one a month.  Today’s report ranks states for laws that were enacted by the end of 2011. It reveals that 31 states still have few gun laws, while six states, including California, that rank in the top tier, have strong and effective gun laws. (Legal Community Against Violence's web site and reports were the primary sources used in the report to determine the content of state gun laws.)


California remains the state with the strongest gun laws as it gained another point in 2011 after passing legislation that requires the retention of long gun records in the firearm database administered by the California Department of Justice. The absence of long gun records in the database represented a loophole in California law until it was closed last year. Handgun records are already maintained by the state. The long gun record retention legislation was the top priority of the California Brady Campaign Chapters and allies.

“California is golden when it comes to adopting laws that lead to safer communities. If more of America had California’s gun laws, countless lives would be saved,” added Henigan.

New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Hawaii round out the top six states with the strongest gun laws, with scores ranging to 72 from 50, respectively. Those states also have the lowest gun death rates in the nation.

At the other end of the spectrum are Arizona, Alaska, and Utah with 0 points each. Florida made news this year after a demerit category was added for a gag rule on doctors that limits their freedom to discuss the dangers of guns with patients. Florida enacted the gag rule last year and that dropped its score to from 5 points to 3 points.  

A fresh analysis of data for crime guns recovered by police and traced back to the dealer that sold the gun provides additional evidence showing that strong gun laws help to curb the supply of guns to the illegal market.  The ATF data, available on its website, provide information on the source states of U.S. crime guns by state.  The data show that states with weak gun laws have a crime gun export rate nine times higher than states with strong gun laws. 

The Brady Center analyzed the data to identify patterns in the movements of crime guns across the United States, including which states have the highest rates of crime guns moving across state borders, known as the crime gun export rate (per 100,000 population).

Texas, Georgia, Ohio, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and West Virginia are among the 31 states that together export crime guns at a rate nine times higher than states with strong gun laws. 

The 2011 Brady Campaign State Scorecard and a complete list of the scorecard rankings, are available online.

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  • by shooter on Feb 18, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    All this flap over gun ownership now, just wait till after our dictatorial President gets another 4 yrs. He knows it will be hard to get rid of the 2nd amen. So he'll sign a anti-gun agreement with the United Nations or stack the not so Supreme Crt in hopes of abolishing the 2nd amen. It's estimated their are 70 million gun owners in the US. Let's hope they all march on Washington when this fool attempts the above.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:42 AM
    Dennis Henigan is a dumb ***! California has the best gun laws in place and he fails to mention it also has the most gun related crime. Maybe if more people were allowed to defend themselves on the left coast so many wouldn't die from guns.
  • by Rugrash Location: Houston on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:03 PM
    I keep hoping that Texas will finally get the score we deserve, which is a ZERO. We strive to be the lowest on the Brady Bunch's list. I feel bad for the people of California who have had their rights neutered and have to deal with so many erroneous laws/regulations to exercise their 2A rights.
  • by God Bless America Location: tally on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    If the Brady campaign really wanted to prevent gun violence, you would think they would go after the court system to uphold the laws that are currently on the books. But then again...if there were no gun violence, the Brady campaign would go broke. They are just like the NAACP...captilize on ignorance. I wonder what the salary of the the CEO of the Brady campaign is.
  • by Olereb Location: Occupied Tallahassee on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    Figures lie and liars figure.I would see the FBI crime stats every month,all of the stats are not released to the public,the NAACP and the democrats would or maybe have suppressed the actual facts.One thing is absolute,if guns were outlawed only outlaws would have guns.
  • by Reagan Republican on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM
    Another liberal group trying to crush our freedom
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      by Reagan Republican on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM in reply to Reagan Republican
      @ FAKE Reagan Republican I will post this every time you post under my post name. Get your own d**n post name. What is your deal?
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        by Reagan Republican on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM in reply to Reagan Republican
        This is the true Reagan Republican. Is this Geraldo?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
    What is weird is I have never noticed NRA press releases posted as news stories on the WCTV site. Gosh, I wonder why...
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      by drwatcher on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM in reply to
      Yeah, and the big lie about the "docs and glocks" law just keeps being repeated -- but I guess it is worth pointing out yet again (!!!), THE LAW DOES NOT LIMIT A DOCTOR'S ABILITY TO DISCUSS GUN SAFETY. IT LIMITS THEIR ABILITY TO INTERROGATE PATIENTS ABOUT ACTUAL OWNERSHIP. Why is it gun control advocates need to lie so much?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM in reply to
      Neither have I. However, I have seen them that came from the offices of democrat politicians, e.g. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But of course, that is who makes up the Bradys, democrat politicians.
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      by God Bless America on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:19 PM in reply to
      Liberal Station... That's why. DUH!
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        by Olereb on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:17 PM in reply to God Bless America
        Yep, liberal station,and nearly all are from up north.
  • by Surly Location: Grrr on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:57 PM
    No question Florida can do better -- what is needed is a legislative fact-finding committee to go to Arizona, Utah and Alaska and see what they are doing that makes their ratings so stellar.
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      by One Shot on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM in reply to Surly
      Those three states don't have many blacks. I've lived in Alaska and can assure you gun control is very limited.
  • by rusty nail Location: florida on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
    "31 state together" at a rate "9 times higher " that is about 3 times lower if you measure them individually. Propaganda! Hitler and Castro kept gun records too.
  • by From a neutral source on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:25 PM
    "In 2010 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,996 murders in the US. Of those, 8,775 were caused by firearms. The FBI crime statistics are based on reports to FBI bureau and local law enforcement. The figures are not complete - there are no stats for Florida on firearm murders and the data for Illinois is "incomplete". But even so it provides a detailed picture of attacks by state. In fact, gun crime, like all crime across the US (and the UK, for that matter), is going down - you can see how much in the graph above. The figures show that California had the highest number of gun murders last year - 1,257, which is 69% of all murders that year and equivalent to 3.37 per 100,000 people in the state." It appears that the FBI statistics don't agree with the Brady's. Anyone interested in the whole story and the chart can see it here...
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