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New York receives B+ for gun laws

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New York is ranked in the top five states in the country when it comes to gun laws, according the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. New York was given a B+ in a recently released report by the center. The grade was up from a B in 2012. As YNN's Jon Dougherty reports, the improvement is mostly because of the controversial NY SAFE ACT in early 2013, but not everyone is happy with that law.

STATEWIDE -- New York State was given the fifth highest grade in the country when it came to gun laws according to a scorecard by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign.

New York was given a B+ in the report which was up from a B in 2012.

The improvement is mostly because one of, if not the most talked about law that came out of the New York State Capitol in 2013, the New York SAFE ACT.

"Protect innocent people in society. That's what the State of New York is doing today," Governor Cuomo said on January 15, 2013, the day he signed the SAFE ACT into law.

But, along with tougher gun laws came an even tougher audience who voiced their disapproval at many rallies across the state.

The scorecard graded states on their gun laws and the number of gun related deaths.

Tom King, President of the NYS Rifle & Pistol Association said he didn't believe New York State made the grade.

"Wouldn't get a B+ from us. It'd be more like an F," King said.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence said there's room for improvement.

"I think the B+ is fair because it's reflective that there are a couple of holes in New York State laws," said Pam Dudoff.

The grades were released nearly a year to the date after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. After the shooting, 21 states enacted some sort of gun control measure, according to the report.

The NY SAFE ACT was one of them.

"It makes us safe in that it does a number of things to keep firearms out of the hands of people who don't need them," Dudoff said.

King said it's too early to gauge the SAFE ACT's impact.

"Saying that the SAFE ACT or any other law that was passed less than a year ago and hasn't been implemented is responsible for that drop in crimes is totally ludicrous," King said.

Only New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and California ranked ahead of New York with A's. 26 states got F's.

For the complete report, go to smartgunlaws.org .

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