Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Wednesday new gun legislation that allows licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including government buildings, bars, and a wide variety of public places.
The debate over gun control continues to be a hot topic in America. Take a look at which states have the strictest and weakest gun laws, according to ratings from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
The Brady Campaign awards each state up to 100 points based on the strength of laws dealing with things like regulations on gun dealers, the strength of background checks, records keeping, permit requirements, bans on assault weapons and laws dealing with child safety.
These are the states with the Brady Campaign said had the strongest gun laws as of 2011, which is the most recent ranking:
1. California: 81 points
2. New Jersey: 72 points
3. Massachusetts: 65 points
4. New York: 62 points
5. Connecticut: 58 points
6. Hawaii: 50 points
7. Maryland: 45 points
8. Rhode Island: 44 points
9. Illinois: 35 points
10. Pennsylvania: 26 points
And here are the states with that come in at the bottom of the list:
Several Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies and a helicopter were called to the Kmart parking lot and surrounding businesses when two suspected shoplifters took off towards Hollister Ave. this afternoon.