Worst Mass Shootings Have Occurred States With Tight Gun Laws, Data Shows

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At a glance

  • The mass shooting in California that left 10 people dead this weekend is the latest reminder that many of the deadliest mass shootings in America since COVID-19 have occurred in states with strict gun laws.
  • The worst mass shooting by far since the start of the COVID pandemic occurred in Uvalde, Texas, where when 21 elementary school students were killed. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gives Texas an F grade for gun laws, as the state allows permitless carry and does not have restrictions on assault weapons, among other things.
  • However, of the five worst shootings in the United States since 2020, four of the states in which they occurred have at least a “B” grade from Giffords.

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