Giving up hope
On the Brady Campaign grading system, Arizona scores two points out of 100. That means we're beating Florida (six points) Texas (nine points), and many others. I checked out the details of their grading system, hoping that we could get down to zero, but it's going to be hard. We got two points for not having required universities to allow handgun carry on campus. I don't know if we're going to be able to override that in the near future. I suppose we could appeal to Brady to deduct five points since soon a person will be able to CCW without a permit, which would move our score to a negative three.
What a laugh: it ranks Pennsylvania, a shall issue, no permit required for open carry in most of the state, no registration, no waiting period, no assault weapon or magazine or bullet ban, NFA ok, in the same category with Illinois. (28/25)
Posted by: D. Laden at April 26, 2010 10:15 PM
Nice! Congratulations to Arizona. Right now the Brady's impugn Colorado with 2 unfair points for not allowing University carry, but that's not really right. Hopefully Colorado courts will be confirming that in the next few months.
Posted by: Stephen at April 26, 2010 11:06 PM
Awww, VA has 17 points. We can get it lower than that!
"Virginia has weak gun laws that help feed the illegal gun market, allow the sale of guns without background checks and put children at risk, according to the Brady Campaign."
I laughed so hard it hurts.
Posted by: dave at April 26, 2010 11:41 PM
Does Brady give negative scores? I propose a law requiring all Arizonans to carry. That outta do it.
Posted by: bruce J at April 27, 2010 12:50 PM
Now, here I was going to get all puffed up about how great my home state of Illinois should have done on this rating.
Surely, with no citizen carry whatsoever, possession ID cards issued by the state police, no suppressors, not even for law enforcement, no machine guns, plus lots of local bans like Cook County's massive scary gun ban, and all the new stuff coming down this week like one-a-month, registration, no private sales...
I was sure we could've kicked some serious state butt out there.
But we only got a 28!
That's an insult! Aren't we more caring about the children that these other cretins?
I'm sure Shortshanks must be mortified.
Posted by: WPZ at April 27, 2010 02:09 PM
Pennsylvania has more gun regulation than you realize. For instance, private transfers of handguns are prohibited without going through an FFL or County Sheriff. That ranks highly with the Brady Campaign.
We also have state regulation of dealers, and separate state record keeping requirements for handguns (which turned into a back door registry of sorts, even though state law was supposed to prohibit that). That gets us a lot of Brady points too.
Fact is, PA isn't as pro-gun as many people think. Our carry laws are great, though now not nearly as good as Arizona's. But we actually have a lot of regulation at the point-of-sale for handguns. We'd lose 10 Brady points just by allowing private transfers of handguns.
Posted by: Sebastian at April 27, 2010 08:19 PM
Whew. Idaho is tied with Arizona. We should have a race to zero.
Posted by: bombloader at April 27, 2010 09:18 PM
Yeah; Utah scored the only Zero! I knew I made the right decision to move from a "9" state (TX)...
Posted by: Ryan at April 28, 2010 09:20 AM
How embarrassing - Wyoming scores a 10. Then I realized that one of their +2 points is completely wrong (Wyoming is a shall-issue state, and has been for quite a few years) so we score 8. Still too high.
Posted by: Mike at April 30, 2010 01:42 AM