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Massachusetts has among the strongest gun laws in the country and one of the lowest rate of gun deaths. The Bay State has long been a leader in gun safety—and is one of the only states to bar gun purchases by people with outstanding warrants and to require secure storage for any firearm not in the owner’s immediate control. Indeed, it has taken a holistic approach to gun violence prevention, with dedicated investments in community violence intervention programs and the creation of an office of Gun Violence Prevention. Massachusetts has one of the lowest rates of gun ownership in the country.

257 In an average year, 257 people die by guns in Massachusetts. More at EveryStat.
#5 in the country for Gun Law Strength. (Up from #6 last year). See why.

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