Mission: To save lives from gun violence by shifting culture, changing policies, and challenging injustice.
Background: For twenty-five years, legal experts affiliated with the Giffords Law Center in San Francisco have advocated for a safer America by researching, drafting, and defending laws, policies, and programs proven to prevent gun violence. Since 2010, attorneys at the center have been tracking and analyzing gun legislation in all fifty states, evaluating bills for their relative strength or weakness. Along the way, the center has employed an exhaustive quantitative rubric to score each state on the strength of its gun laws, adding points for safety regulations such as universal background checks and extreme risk protection orders. Year after year, the center's research, in the form of its Annual Gun Law Scorecard, has found that stronger gun safety laws lead to lower gun death rates. In 2016, the center merged with Americans for Responsible Solutions, co-founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, to create a new national organization dedicated to gun safety legislation, education, research, and advocacy.
Outstanding Web Features: The center's Annual Gun Law Scorecard features an interactive map of the United States with a letter grade (A to F) prominently displayed for each state and cross-hatching to indicate the ten states with the worst gun death rates. By clicking on individual states, visitors can see at a glance the relative strength of gun laws in that state, its gun death ranking relative to all other states, and a brief description of recent legislative actions taken in that state to weaken or strengthen its gun laws. In addition, the scorecard provides information about the types of legislation that have proven most effective in improving gun safety and highlights ways that states can improve their scores. Visitors to the site can also check out additional information about gun law legislation, learn more about the methodology used to tabulate scorecard grades, and/or contact the center for legal advice or other assistance.