A national study on gun deaths per capita ranks Mississippi and Alabama in the top five.
The Violence Policy Center says the five states topping the list were Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi and Nevada. The study looked at states with high gun ownership coupled with what it called weak gun laws.
In states that fit that definition, gun death rates far exceed the national rate of 10.32 per 100,000 residents, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
States with strong gun laws and low rates of gun ownership had lower rates of firearm-related deaths in the study, which found those states to be Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.