A new study says that states with “weak” gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership have the “highest overall gun death rates in the nation.”

That’s according to a Violence Policy Center analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Meanwhile, states with the lowest overall gun death rates have lower rates of gun ownership “and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation.”

Hawaii earns top honors as the state with the lowest gun death rate, while Alaska has the highest gun death rate.

State gun death rate chart 2015


“This report should be a wake-up call to state legislators,” CathieWhittenburg, communications director of States United to Prevent Gun Violence, said in a press release announcing the study. “There is no higher priority for elected officials than enacting laws that keep families safe from death and injury.”

The nationwide gun death rate, by the way, was 10.64 per 100,000, and the total number of Americans killed by gunfire rose to 33,636 in 2013 from 33,563 in 2012.

Of note: The top five states with the lowest gun death rates are “blue” or Democrat-voting states, while the top five states at the other end of the spectrum are “red” or Republican-voting states.

For a list of gun death rates in all 50 states, click here

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