10 American States Most Plagued By Gun Violence

10. South Carolina (14.8)

There were more than 700 gun-related deaths – including homicide, suicide, and accidents – in South Carolina in 2011. Interestingly, firearm-related crimes are typically committed many years after the purchase of the weapon. However, in South Carolina, nearly 28% of crimes occurred within two years of the gun’s registration. South Carolina does not require firearms owners to obtain a license or register their firearms. However, South Carolina law does require retail firearms dealers selling handguns to obtain a state license and imposes a melting point test – a form of design safety standard – for handguns.
10. South Carolina (14.8)