Washington, DC — The city of Washington, D.C., is home to one of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, a law designed to prevent a large swath of the city’s population from owning guns.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 200 people have died in Washington since 2010 because of a lack of background checks and waiting periods, which can take days.
The gun deaths include people who were not required to register under the law, according a tally compiled by the Washington Post.
The state also has the nation’s highest rate of gun deaths.
The most recent year for which the CDC had data was 2016.
The city had a rate of 3,723 deaths per 100,000 residents, more, on average, than any other city in the U.S., according to data compiled by CNN.
The CDC defines a gun death as any death due to gun violence, suicide, or accidental injury.
It does not include any cases in which the gun was fired or accidentally discharged.
According a tally of more than 100,0000 deaths nationwide, Washington has one of more gun deaths per capita than any city except Chicago.
A total of 1,099 people died of gun-related causes in Washington in 2016, the most since 2005, according the Post.
“We are in the middle of a pandemic,” said Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, who said her city has more than 10,000 gun deaths every year.
“I have been in this business for 40 years and have seen a lot of bad things happen in the past.
The only thing I can say is that Washington is safe and our city is doing just fine.”
Bowser said her administration had been working with the Washington State Patrol to make sure gun owners were not allowed to carry firearms on city streets.
“As mayor, I am here to say that we do not want to see people in our city carrying firearms in public,” Bowser said.
“People are being held accountable and they need to understand that.”
The Post’s analysis of state and local data found that Washington’s rate of guns deaths was one of at least five highest in the nation.
According the data, the city has the second-highest rate of nonfatal gun deaths among states, behind New York.
The National Center on State and Local Government also noted that Washington, like New York, has a waiting period for gun purchases.
In New York City, waiting periods are about 60 days.
In Washington, waiting times are between three and seven days.
Washington is the most dangerous state for gun owners in the United States, according on a list compiled by Politifact.
The article found that in 2014, there were 2,917 gun deaths, including suicides, accidental deaths, and homicides.
In 2016, Washington recorded 4,071 gun deaths and had an average waiting period of three days, according data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
A study by the Associated Press also found that gun deaths have surged since Washington became a “sanctuary state” after President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries was signed in January.
Washington’s city council passed a resolution in 2015 saying the city would not comply with federal immigration law.
The resolution led to a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and the ACLU of Washington State, which argued that the city had no right to refuse to comply with immigration laws and that Washington should not be considered a sanctuary city.
The ACLU of WA filed a federal lawsuit challenging the city in 2017.
In June 2018, a federal judge sided with the city.
He ruled that the ban on the seven countries did not violate the First Amendment, which protects the right to freedom of speech and assembly.
The Washington City Council, which also voted against the ban, later reversed course and backed Trump’s Executive Order.
The lawsuit is still pending.
“Our city of Seattle is committed to keeping our people safe and we will defend the constitution in the courts of law,” the city said in a statement at the time.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.