Massachusetts ranks 50th for gun deaths in most recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 2019 data that ranked Massachusetts 50thin the nation for gun deaths per capita, with New York and New Jersey ranking 49th and 48th.


“We are extremely proud of the work we have done in Massachusetts since 1994 to reduce gun violence, gun laws save lives” said John Rosenthal, Founder and Chairman of Stop Handgun Violence. “We are an urban state with the most effective gun laws and first in the nation consumer protection regulations for the gun industry and once again we have the LOWEST gun death rate in the Nation. This is no coincidence. But we know that there is still more to do. Early reports have shown that gun violence in Massachusetts increased during the pandemic by as much as 50% in some cities ,including Boston. To make matters worse there have been a surge in gun sales since the stay-at-home orders, the effects of which will be felt for years.”


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Stop Handgun Violence (SHV) is a Massachusetts based non-profit organization committed to the prevention of gun violence through education, public awareness, effective law enforcement and common-sense gun laws. SHV has been the lead advocate in Massachusetts for enactment of the most effective gun violence prevention laws and first in the nation consumer protection regulations. The organization does not seek to restrict Constitutional rights, but advocates only for common sense legislation that will help save lives. For more information, go to