New York received a B+ and ranked fifth in the nation for gun-control laws, according to a report today from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
The annual report from the group and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said New York was one of four states this year to enact laws that require universal background checks on all firearm sales.
Last January, New York was the first in the nation to pass a sweeping gun-control law after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has faced criticism for the law’s passage from gun-rights groups, who have held several major protests at the Capitol.
But gun-control advocates praised New York’s efforts as the one-year anniversary of the Newtown shootings approaches Dec. 14.
“New York passed the New York SAFE Act in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy because the research confirms that strong laws help keep people safer from gun violence,” Leah Gunn Barrett, executive director of the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, in a statement.
The report said that New York has the fourth lowest gun death rate in the nation. Barrett said that 90 percent of guns recovered in crimes in New York City and 68 percent of guns recovered statewide come from states with weak gun laws.
New York’s law strengthened an assault-weapons ban, required additional registration of guns and cut the number of bullets allowed in magazine from 10 to seven.
The state Rifle & Pistol Association is suing to have the law overturned, claiming it is unconstitutional.