(CNN) – Gun deaths in the US are at an all-time high.
But a new study says that in states with stricter laws, fewer American children die by firearms.
The study looked at deaths between 2011 and 2015, comparing gun laws state-by-state.
Researchers say states with universal background checks had a death rate of nearly four children per every one-hundred-thousand kids.
In states without those kinds of laws, the child death rate was nearly six per one-hundred-thousand children.
The study was published Monday in The Journal Pediatrics.
Nearly 40,000 people in the country died by guns in 2018, which is the highest number of gun deaths in decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
(This story was originally published on July 15, 2019)