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The 10 states with the least restrictive gun laws

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 20 2015 10:54 p.m. MDT

Julie Jacobson, Associated Press

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has developed a point system that measures the relative strength of all 50 states' gun laws with states gaining points for laws that are strict and states losing points for laws that are more lenient.

This list focused on the 10 U.S. states with the least restrictive gun laws.

States gain points for laws that require universal background checks, limit bulk firearms purchases and other similar gun laws. States lose points for laws that allow hidden, loaded guns in schools and in bars, allow concealed weapons in public without a permit and other similar laws.

The Gun Death Rank indicates the number of gun related deaths the state has had in comparison with the other 50 states.

The state constitutional provisions and other state laws are quoted from NRA-ILA.

This list focuses on gun laws enacted after the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings.

The 10 states with the most restrictive gun laws

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UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Is it not lost on anyone that there is a strong correlation between states with the most liberal gun laws are also have the highest gun death rates - with the exception of Vermont? And here is the point.... this wasn't the states with the most guns, but states with the most liberal laws. Obviously other states have lots of guns. It just points back to sensible laws around gun safety save lives.

I am not against gun ownership. I am not against defending your own home. But I am for smart gun ownership where guns are too easily available to those who should not have access to them - whether that be kids, or people who are not mentally stable.

Casey See
FLOWER MOUND, TX

Shootings in our schools, churches, streets, and parks need to stop. However, gun control isn’t the answer. If you were to go back and examine the facts for nearly half of the mass shooting in the United States in the last 10 years and probably more, you will find something in common in at least half of all the shootings.

The fix to this common problem isn’t easy, requires subjugation of individual selfishness, to individual accountability and responsibility. A politician’s worst nightmare, because he/she can’t pass a law to make it disappear. The single, glaring commonality among nearly half all of these mass shootings is the breakdown of the family, or absent parents in the lives of their children.

Unfortunately, too many single parents have to work long hours, sometimes even two jobs, to just put food on the table. The other parent isn’t anywhere in the life of their offspring. Instead, they have abandoned their spouse and child(ren).

Only when we can instill in people the need to subjugate personal whims and desires for the good of the union they choose to join, we are going to have mass shootings and other similar problems.

CMO Beaver
Beaver, UT

The American constitution is a great thing because it was very explicit on how much control the central government would or would not have over our individual lives... liberty is not free though, the founding fathers were relying on Americans to handle the question of individual responsibility in a very adult fashion... skip to the present, where reliance on individual responsibility is scoffed at by the left, while it seems a smaller and smaller percentage of commons sense Americans beg for a stronger emphasis on personal responsibility, knowing full well that this is only way the great American experiment in freedom and democracy works. The left would rather you not worrry about personal responsibility, they will do that for you and the end result will be the loss of freedom

MapleDon
Springville, UT

So what's the purpose of this article? Why not list the ten largest cities with the tightest gun control laws? And then show statistics on gun crimes in those cities. That might help us draw some conclusion, don't you think?

Most of us aren't naive enough to not see an agenda hidden in much of what is passed off as "news".

Diligent Dave
Logan, UT

Sensible gun laws are important. However, the purpose of the 2nd amendment was not to simply allow people to hunt or protect themselves of home intruders, but so that they could more effectively protect themselves from the tyranny of government. Under Obama, as well as under some previous US Presidents, that tyranny has/is growing.

The Obama administration has acquired more guns and ammo for non-military and non-police departments than, IMO, is what is needed. And, for what purpose? Because, I believe, Obama plans to control this nation by armed means. With 6 - 8 bullets bought that could be fired on every person in America under Obama, I have my doubts about Obama's intentions.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

@CMO Beaver - did you happen to notice that most of the states on this list are Republican "self responsibility" states? I don't say that to be uber partisan - but since you decided to inject liberalism into this discussion - the vast majority of these states reported here are very conservative.

The fact is regardless of being liberal or conservative, people don't always use good judgement. When it comes to whether you default on your home loan because you are lazy.... I am fine with that. But when you lack of good judgement can cost others their lives - that is the rightful and just place for government to play. Your freedom doesn't come at the expense of the safety of others.

Insisting on gun locks is not a nanny state issue. It is a keeping kids from finding guns and killing someone accidentally issue. Securing your guns from unintended use is not a liberal issue. And it doesn't infringe on your rights. It just requires you to be responsible.

Dave Duncan
Orem, UT

Is a low number for "Gun Death Rank" good or bad?

The definition is not very helpful.

"The Gun Death Rank indicates the number of gun related deaths the state has had in comparison with the other 50 states."

Is that per capita? Or an absolute number per state.

This info is useless, as presented.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The editorial today says our punitive, restrictive alcohol regulations in Utah make us more adult, and aren't 'crazy'
Our gun laws are totally the opposite. How does that work?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Garbage in, garbage out. Figures don't lie, but...

The very first words tell us that the story is based on very selective use of statistics by a group that is at the very core of the gun ban lobby:
"The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has developed a point system that measures the relative strength of all 50 states' gun laws..."

Here are two simple facts that are more important than all the fancy manipulations by the gun grabbers:

1- Chicago and Washington DC have near total bans on guns for law abiding citizens, just about everything the gun ban lobby wants, and their violent crime rates are astronomical compared to places "with lax gun laws."

2- The gun grabbers insist "We need tougher gun laws in all the states surrounding Washington DC to reduce gun crime in the district." But, all the states surrounding DC have much less gun violence than DC, proving that restrictive gun laws do not reduce crime and "lax" gun laws do not increase crime.

For actual scientific analysis of guns, crimes and gun laws, consult the multiple studies by John Lott.

It's not the guns, it's the criminals and the crazies.

Evets
Eagle Mountain, UT

Gun deaths per state does not tell the whole story. Do gun laws vs. Gun deaths in the major cities. The statistics are remarkably different.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

NOTHING I've seen proposed by democrats, (or some Republicans for that matter)would, or even has the potential to, stop someone who seriously wants to get a gun and harm someone.

Therefore, is the "point" of more gun laws simply to make politicians BELIEVE they can solve a problem that they cannot?

Much time is wasted on this debate. BOTH sides know it is going nowhere!

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

A handgun is different than a rifle.
I am against just anyone buying a HANDGUN.
A HANDGUN should be in a different category. It should have 40 hours of training and a permit.
Again I say, HANDGUN.

Me, Myself and I
The Promised Land, UT

How can Illinois be on the list? Chicago alone has some of the most strict gun laws in the country and one of the highest gun crime rates to go with it. If you believe this article which was published by an anti-gun group then you probably believe 2+2=5.

shabam
Ogden, UT

I am surprised nobody seems to be aware of anything anymore in society today as compared to the 80s and before.
Let's take a closer look, there is a pattern here.
What has changed since the 1990s? and now with Mass Shootings, Gun Violence, Public Safety.

1. Long Wars, which has led to tolerance and acceptance of bullying in schools and workplace.
and Returning Soldiers joining Law Enforcement, which in turn has created the militarization of the Local Police, and Shooting People, Military Tactics on Civilians without regard for Constitutional Protections that are not observed in War Fronts, Military Law Enforcement who come back and are not mentally or emotionally well from the wars, and continue to act out against the civilians as if they are still at war.
2. It wasn't until a few years ago since the expiration of the ban on military assault styled weapons, and since gun violence has increased and resulted in more mass shootings .
3. Partisan Propaganda Radio Talk shows condone, target, entice and coach people into hating, discriminating, fearing others who are different, chasing others for their opinion or bumper sticker, and calling it patriotism.

soutahnative
Cedar City, UT

I do not understand some of the misinformed information posted here - particularly the first one. It is quite the opposite. The states with the most gun deaths/crime are those with the MOST restrictive gun ownership laws; !-Illinois (Chicago), 2, DC; 3 NY (NY); 4- California. To try to say that gun ownership causes crime is like saying that spoons make people fat. It is common knowledge that those states with the least crime are those that have the most liberal gun ownership laws - Utah, Wyo. Mont. Vermont and a host of others. The whole argument is moot. It is in the Constitution. Until that changes (good luck) there is no reason to be arguing the point or bring false or self-serving arguments/statistics into this argument. Crime is caused by bad people not the tools use (in the millions) by law abiding citizens. I think some are mouthing the false rhetoric of the liberal establishment. This is why the liberals are rapidly declining in the public eye. NRA keeps very close statistics on the matter. They rule with their heads not with what they sit on.

soutahnative
Cedar City, UT

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is one of the most liberal left wing organizations in the US. Any one that thinks that they are giving fair and unbiased "rankings" is dreaming. This not an organization without an agenda. It is staffed and run by members of other anti-gun members from around the country including the Brady Campaign. There around 11 national groups, including this one that are all connected in some way and their goal is to entirely get rid of the 2nd amendment. Their agenda is NOT to give out un-biased data.

Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT

"Gun death rate" is a phony "statistic" that is all smoke and mirrors. The FBI doesn't use it because it's misleading. They use "murder rate" which takes into account killings of all types. Gun death rates exclude murders by all other means. Gun death rates include suicides which are not dependent upon guns (e.g. Japan's suicide rate is almost twice of that in the U.S. and almost no citizen in Japan owns a gun). Gun death rate includes justifiable shootings and police shootings (e.g. the Boston bomber who was killed by police was included in Bloomberg's list of "victims of gun violence.") Gun deaths ignores the lives saved by the presence of a gun (98% of the time the gun is never fired). The DOJ estimates 1.5 million gun defenses a year in the U.S. vs 30K people killed by guns (60% of which are suicides, which are not dependent upon gun ownership as shown by the Japan statistics). Finally, most mass killings happen in gun-free zones (think Post Office - going postal - Chattanooga – Aurora, get it?) No the anti's don't get it as evidenced by the murder rate in Chicago, Oakland, Baltimore etc. all of which have ridiculously strict gun laws.

oldmanbball
Woods Cross, UT

The way this is determined is so flawed it means nothing. If I get to determine the value of each gun law with a number between 1 and 10 I can make the list come out with any state I want on top. It's just an opinion of which laws they like and don't like and then make the list and publish it as fact. I wish the Deseret News would not even publish an article like this.

Freeman1
Saratoga Springs, UT

What these "Studies" fail to mention is that 64% of "gun deaths" are suicides, and suicide rates aren't really effected by gun laws, though method of suicide may change.

The most comprehensive measure of gun laws in a state is that state's numerical Brady score. The Brady score takes into account all state gun laws, policy and enforcement, awarding points based on a state's compliance with the gun control agenda, and subtracting points for failure to advance their agenda. 5 of the 10 states with the lowest homicide rates have an "F" score. (Utah has the 4th lowest homicide rate and a score of - get ready for this - negative 2!

The correlation between a state's Brady score, and both their homicide rate, and their violent crime rate is a negative correlation. (The worse their Brady score, the lower their violent crime and homicide rates.)

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Dave's 9:39 entry represents some good old fashioned fear mongering. I'll look for his apology first thing 1/21/17 when another president will have been inaugurated.

And thanks for informing us that the most violent state of all is Chicago.

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