You will notice now that the Brady Campaign no longer gives states grades, and have rather decided just to rank order them. This is likely because they’ve only had real success in a small handful of states. By rank ordering, it can make it seem like the gun control movement has actually been more effective. That must be why the Associated Press says stuff like this:
The availability of guns compounds the problem, criminologists say. But Pennsylvania, the state with the most gun-related officer deaths so far this year, has among the strictest gun laws in the country, according to a ranking by the pro-gun-control Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Other states, like Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kentucky, have very little oversight and had few, if any, officer gun deaths this year.
I guess the AP didn’t notice that Pennsylvania, which is ranked at number ten, has a score of 26 on a 100 point scale. Only the top six score above 50, with even top listed California only earning a 79. Pennsylvania ranks higher than a lot of other states because we restrict private transfers of handguns, and allow the state police to keep a illegal registry records of sale for handguns as well. You can rest assured, however, we are doing our level best to ensure the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania drops precipitously on the Brady List.