As lawmakers battle heightened gun safety legislation in Washington, a new report released Wednesday finds that states with weak gun laws also suffer from higher rates of gun violence.
The report, released by the liberal Center for American Progress, looked at 10 different indicators of gun violence dating back to 2001, and then compares that data to the strength of gun laws in each state, as measured by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Of the 10 worst states in terms of overall gun violence, eight of them have some of the weakest gun laws in place, the report said.
“Despite this complex web of factors that influence the rate of gun violence, this report finds a clear link between high levels of gun violence and weak state gun laws,” the report states. “Across the key indicators of gun violence that we analyzed, the 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have an aggregate level of gun violence that is more than twice as high – 104 percent higher, in fact – than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws.”
The reports lists these 10 states as having the highest levels of gun violence:
6) South Carolina
7) New Mexico