Special Report

States With the Best and Worst Gun Laws

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21. Iowa
> Gun law grade in 2020: C
> Gun death rate: 9.09 per 100,000 people (9th lowest)

Starting July 1 of this year, Iowa will allow the open carry of all firearms in public, with some exceptions, and will no longer require permits to acquire handguns. The state doesn’t regulate assault weapons, but does classify as an aggravated misdemeanor the sale or offering for sale of devices that increase the firing rate of a gun.

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22. Wisconsin
> Gun law grade in 2020: C-
> Gun death rate: 10.04 per 100,000 people (12th lowest)

There’s no law restricting assault weapons or the carrying of unconcealed, loaded firearms in most public places in Wisconsin. The state passed a law in 2011, however, that requires licenses for concealed carry in most public places.

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23. Vermont
> Gun law grade in 2020: C-
> Gun death rate: 9.37 per 100,000 people (10th lowest)

Vermont allows people to carry concealed or unconcealed loaded firearms in most public places, with no location-specific prohibitions and no concealed-carry permits required. It has no law restricting assault weapons.

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24. Florida
> Gun law grade in 2020: C-
> Gun death rate: 12.67 per 100,000 people (25th lowest)

Florida has no laws regulating assault weapons, but prohibits the open carry of firearms. People with concealed-carry handgun permits can only “briefly and openly” display the weapon publicly in a non-threatening manner.

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25. Ohio
> Gun law grade in 2020: D
> Gun death rate: 13.32 per 100,000 people (22nd highest)

Ohio does not restrict the carrying of unconcealed, loaded firearms in most public places, but does require a concealed-handgun license. The state places no restrictions on assault weapons, but does extend the definition of an automatic firearm to include semi-automatic weapons designed or modified to fire more than 31 bullets before reloading.

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