Alabama did not pass any significant gun laws in 2017. Gun safety advocates defeated bills that would allow concealed carry without a permit and guns on college and university campuses. One of the many ways Alabama could raise its failing grade is by requiring background checks on all gun purchasers. Learn more about Alabama’s gun laws.
Does Your State Make The Grade?
Gun violence is a moral crisis in America. It’s also a public health crisis. Over a million people have been shot in the past decade, and 2017 saw not one but two of the deadliest mass shootings in our country’s history. Unlike other epidemics, gun violence persists not because we lack solutions, but because too many of our leaders lack the courage to stand up to the corporate gun lobby.
The situation is dire, but far from hopeless. As we’ve done for many years now, the attorneys at Giffords Law Center graded and ranked all 50 states on the relative strength or weakness of their gun laws in 2017. We found, like we do every year, a simple but undeniable correlation—states with strong gun safety laws have fewer gun deaths per capita than states with weak laws. In short, gun laws work. To truly address this crisis, more states must follow the example of their neighbors with high grades and pass the comprehensive gun safety laws proven to save lives.
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