Louisiana has the fourth highest gun death rate and fourth highest gun ownership in the nation, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control data by the Violence Policy Center...Alaska, Montana and Alabama comprised the top three states in both gun ownership and death rates.
Alaska had the highest rate of gun deaths with approximately 24 people per 100,000 reported dead from a homicide, suicide or unintentional shooting, and gun ownership in 56.4 per 100,000 households, according to the data, which was collected in 2017.
The Violence Policy Center linked what it called “weak" gun prevention laws, which it defined as “those that add little or nothing to federal law and have permissive laws governing the open or concealed carrying of firearms in public,” with the higher rates of gun-related deaths.
States with what fit its definition of “strong” gun violence prevention laws had the lowest gun death rates and lower rates of gun ownership, the report stated.
Hawaii had the lowest gun death rate at 2.73 per 100,000 people.
States with lower gun death rates had laws restricting access to deadly types of firearms, set minimum safety standards for firearms, required permits to purchase firearms and restricted the open and concealed carrying of firearms in public, according to the analysis.