Louisiana ranks 4th highest in gun-related deaths in nation, report says

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A report from NOLA.com says Louisiana has the fourth highest gun death rate and fourth highest gun ownership in the nation.

The information, 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, a nonprofit that seeks tighter gun control laws, was released Sunday. 

Alaska, Montana and Alabama comprised the top three states in both gun ownership and death rates.

Nearly 22 per 100,000 people in Louisiana died from a homicide, suicide or unintentional shooting in 2017, according to the analysis. Forty-nine percent of households in the state own a gun, the report stated.

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.

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