EXPLAINER: How states are seeking to loosen controls on guns

EXPLAINER: How states are seeking to loosen controls on guns

FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado in March 2021, that left several people dead, have reignited calls from gun control advocates for tighter restrictions on buying firearms and ammunition. But with Democrats in control of the federal government, gun rights advocates have been persuading Republican-run state legislatures to go the other way, making it easier to obtain and carry guns.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado that left at least 18 people dead since last week are reigniting calls from gun control advocates for tighter restrictions on buying firearms and ammunition. But with Democrats in control of the federal government, gun rights advocates have been persuading Republican-run state legislatures to go the other way, making it easier to obtain and carry guns. How are the politics of gun legislation playing out in the United States this year? Here’s the breakdown. PROSPECTS MIXED FOR LEGISLATION This month, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives adopted measures to expand background checks to all gun purchases and expand the time to to vet people flagged in a nationwide background check system. But to pass in the Senate, the support of every Democrat would be needed. And that’s not a sure thing. States led by Democrats are pushing to expand some gun control laws. Maryland lawmakers overrode a veto from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on a bill that requires background […]

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