Brady Campaign Releases Its Annual Gun-Control Scorecard

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued its annual scorecard-rankings of states with the strongest gun-control laws on Feb. 15 and it determined that California has the most restrictive gun control laws in the country.

The Brady Campaign awarded California 81 points out of a possible 100 points. California earned the dubious distinction by passing new laws covering background checks on gun sales, limiting gun ownership, and requiring long gun purchases, in addition to handgun sales, to be recorded.

In essence, California earned the top ranking because its firearms laws are so complex, convoluted, and confusing, any gun owner can conceivably become an unwitting felon by attempting to comply with them.

And that's a good thing, according to the Bradyites.

Other states placing high in the rankings were, of course, the usual suspects: Illinois, New Jersey and New York. The lowest-ranking states, with scores of "zero" were Alaska, Arizona and Utah.

In response to the Brady Campaign's report, Gun Owners of California noted, "These laws suppress the rights of law abiding gun owners, and criminals continue to be able to get whatever they want."

Perhaps the most compelling aspect to the release of the annual scorecard was the lack of response -- a silent ho-hum from the mainstream media.