Illinois has stronger gun laws than most of the country

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois has stronger gun laws than most of the country. The state appears to not be done trying to strengthen them even more.

In its annual gun law scorecard, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked each state based on the strength of its gun laws. The group says their research shows that states with stronger gun laws generally have lower gun death rates, but Illinois is an exception. They attribute the higher death rate here on the fact that 60% of the guns used in Illinois crimes are trafficked from neighboring states with weaker gun laws, mainly Indiana, which grades as a D-.

Illinois raised its grade from a B+ last year to an A- in this year's report, ranking 8th in the country. The rise in grade is due to the number of gun safety bills signed into law in 2019 in Illinois. California, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and Hawaii are the top five in the rankings. All five rank among the bottom seven in the country in gun deaths per capita. 21 states are given an F letter grade by Giffords Law Center.