The GIFFORDS Law Center has given Washington State B+ for Laws that Protect Washingtonians from Gun violence. The center has released the latest edition of it's annual Gun Law Scorecard grading and ranking each state on gun laws. In the report 26 states earned an F. The 50 state report shows fewer people per capita die from gunshots in states with strong gun laws.


The report says "2022 marked the 10 year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook—and since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly every single state has passed a gun safety law, with more than 525 enacted nationwide." The report says Washington State was given the grade of B+ because lawmakers have banned ghost guns and large capacity magazines. Center officials also say the B+ grade is also the result of the state restricting guns in "sensitive areas and invested in community violence intervention programs."

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“Last year, we saw some of the worst mass shootings in American history in Uvalde and Buffalo. In 2021, a record-breaking 48,830 people were killed by guns. This violence takes a devastating toll on our communities. Many states listened to their citizens and passed lifesaving gun safety laws, while too many others listened to the gun lobby and passed laws that will undoubtedly endanger their communities,” says Peter Ambler, Executive Director of GIFFORDS.


“This is a public safety epidemic and Washington State can do more to address it. We’ve proven that lawmakers can save lives, reduce violence, and make their states safer by following a simple blueprint: pass gun violence prevention laws. Every year, our scorecard is a reminder to states that progress is possible, but also a reminder of the work we have left to accomplish. The Gun Law Scorecard should be both a resource and roadmap for elected leaders, activists, and concerned citizens to take action,” Ambler added.
In 2021 49,000 people died from gunshot wounds in the United States. GIFFORD Law Center says they hope to lower that number through education.

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