Across States, a Checkerboard of Gun Laws Reflects Partisan Tilt

Across States, a Checkerboard of Gun Laws Reflects Partisan Tilt

The Iowa legislation passed Monday would roll back a host of requirements for new gun owners that have been on the books for more than two decades.Credit…Alex Wroblewski for The New York Times Hundreds of miles apart but at exactly the same time on Monday afternoon, a gunman opened fire in a supermarket in Boulder, Colo., and Iowa State Senate Republicans voted to gut the state’s law requiring permits to carry concealed weapons. The bill’s sponsor expressed relief that Iowans would be able to exercise their gun rights “without a permission slip.’’ Last month in Maryland, however, Democrats overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill expanding background checks , and in Virginia, Democrats passed bills banning guns on the State Capitol grounds and tightening the state’s background checks system . The diverging efforts reflect the national checkerboard of state-by-state gun laws that align with the partisan tilt of each state, while Congress has not addressed gun violence with meaningful legislation since 1994, when a 10-year ban on assault weapons was included in the crime bill championed by now-President Biden. Since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut killed 20 first-grade students and six adults, 13 states, all controlled by Democrats, have enacted or expanded background checks for new gun purchases. Meanwhile, 14 states, all controlled by Republicans, have passed laws allowing their citizens to carry guns with no permit process at all, as the Iowa legislation would do. The political divide on gun policy across […]

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