Fewer Guns, Fewer Gun Deaths in Connecticut

Rifles on display at a Connecticut gun store (file).

Washington, DC (WTNH) – When it comes to gun ownership, Connecticut is among states with the fewest gun owners and gun related deaths. The newly available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control ranks Connecticut at 47 according to a Violence Policy Center analysis of the data from 2013.

The data shows Connecticut has gun owners in 16.2 percent of homes with a gun death rate of 4.48 per 100,000. The VPC says the states with the lowest gun ownership and gun death rates also have some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. “Reducing exposure to firearms and having stronger gun laws saves lives,” according to VCP Legislative Director Kristen Rand.

Alaska has the highest households with gun owners and the highest gun death rate with more than 60 percent of homes having gun owners and a death rate 19.59 percent per 100,000. Hawaii has the lowest number of gun owners and the lowest death rate with less than 10 percent of households having gun owners and a death rate under 3 percent.

The Violence Policy Center also says that gun deaths in the state’s with the fewest owners and deaths is still much greater than gun death rates in other industrialized nations

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