WASHINGTON (WTVA) -- A new study ranks Mississippi second in the number of gun related deaths nationally.
The report was compiled by the Violence Policy Center using data collected in 2011 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
The study says states with weak gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership have the highest gun death rates in the nation.
The report says in states where those factors are reversed, gun violence remains unacceptably high and exceeds the rates in most Western industrialized nations.
The nationwide gun death rate was 10.38 per 100,000.
The total number of Americans killed by gunfire rose to 32,351 in 2011 from 31,672 in 2010.
The five states with the highest per capita gun death rates in 2011 were Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana.
The state with the lowest gun death rate in the nation was Rhode Island, followed by Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey.
A table of the state death rates can be found at http://www.vpc.org/fadeathchart14.htm