WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A gun control group has singled out Kansas, Utah, Virginia and Florida for its "Craziest Gun Laws" award.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence pointed to laws in Kansas allowing guns in schools, in Virginia allowing patrons to bring guns into bars as long as they do not drink while they are carrying, and in Utah, where it is legal to carry guns on college campuses. In Florida, a bill before the legislature would penalize doctors for discussing guns in the home with children and parents.
The organization was founded by James Brady, who served as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, and his wife, Sarah. James Brady was wounded in 1981 in a failed attempt to assassinate Reagan.
The campaign issued its annual ranking of gun laws in the 50 states. California was at the top of the group's favorable list, with the campaign citing its thorough background checks, strong regulation of gun dealers and ban on assault clips.
On the other side, 31 states have few or no limits on gun ownership, the campaign said. Alaska, Arizona and Utah essentially have no meaningful gun control laws.
The campaign said there is evidence strong gun laws save lives. California ranks 33rd in gun deaths per 100,000 people, while the five states that follow it have the lowest rates of death from firearms.