Connecticut ranked second hardest state to buy guns
Connecticut, which has some of the most restrictive gun purchasing laws in the United States, is the second hardest state to buy a gun, according to financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St.
For its 2016 ranking, 24/7 Wall St. considered universal background checks, gun ownership rates, annual firearm death rates, and required safety training or exams.
On top of universal background checks and safety training and exam requirements, Connecticut has the sixth lowest gun ownership rate in the nation (16.6%) and the fifth lowest annual firearm death rate (5.2 deaths for every 100,000 residents).
The No. 1 spot went to California, whose governor recently signed new regulations into law, including background check requirements for ammunition purchases and a ban on large capacity magazines.
California, which also has universal background checks and safety training and exam requirements, has an ownership rate of 20.1% and a gun-related fatalities rate of 7.6 deaths per 100,000 people, which "are relatively low compared to other states," according to 24/7 Wall St.
Delaware, which does not require a license to purchase any firearm, was ranked the No. 3 hardest state to buy a gun. Delaware has the nation's lowest gun ownership rate (5.2%) and the 22nd lowest firearm death rate (10.9 per 100,000).
Click here to view 24/7 Wall St.'s Hardest States to Buy a Gun ranking.