The Brady Campaign, a group that is pushing for more restrictive gun laws, has released a new map showing which states have the “best” and “worst” gun laws. Under the definitions of the campaign, the “best” states are those with the most restrictive gun laws whereas the “worst” states are those with looser gun restrictions. The Brady group scored all 50 states on things like license requirements and background checks. Green is good; red is bad.
California scored the highest with an 81 making it the “best” state. The Blaze reports that no state scored a perfect 100. The scores do not take into account any new laws that will be put in place following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.
At the top of Brady’s “best” (the most restrictive) states are:
Leading the “worst” list (according to Brady) are three states that might be considered the ideal states for gun owners to live in. All three of these states scored a 0 on the Brady checklist:
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 best states for gun ownership are:
If you are a gun owner, here are some questions you may want to consider:
If you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, is it recognized in other states?
(Interestingly enough, residents of Illinois and the District of Columbia do not even allow their citizens to apply for a carry permit.)
If you change your state of residence, can you bring your guns with you?
In order to keep up with the latest gun laws there’s an iPhone and Android app called “legal heat” available for download. If you are a gun owner, it is recommended that you always keep up with the laws in your state and community.