New York ranked third lowest for gun deaths in 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A study which compared gun data from across the nation in 2013 found that New York State has the third lowest gun death rate in the U.S.

It found that New York has a gun death rate of 4.39 people per 100,000 people. That only beaten by Hawaii, who has a rate of 2.71 people per 100,000 people, and Massachusetts at 3.18 people per 100,000.

That’s an improvement from 2012, when New York was rated the fourth lowest, and Governor Andrew Cuomo attributed that to strong gun laws.

The states with the highest gun death rates per 100,000 were Alaska, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Wyoming. Each of those states has at least 17 gun deaths per 100,000, and Cuomo suggested it was due to lax gun laws, and the fact that in each of those states, the number of households which own a gun are between 45 and 62 percent of households, as opposed to 18.1 percent of households owning a gun in New York. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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