Fears of unlikely federal gun-control measures lead to raft of state laws

Fears of unlikely federal gun-control measures lead to raft of state laws

In this April 14, 2018 file photo, a man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro gun-rights rally in Austin, Texas. (CNN)Brandon Steele, a second-term Republican in West Virginia’s House, worked hard this year to get his colleagues to pass his “Second Amendment Preservation Act.” It seeks to bar state or local police from enforcing new federal gun restrictions the Biden administration might adopt. Mind you, Steele himself concedes he doesn’t see significant new federal restrictions getting passed anytime soon. “The Biden administration has not gotten anywhere in terms of pushing their firearms regulatory agenda; they haven’t even got their ATF guy in there,” he told CNN. “There are a lot of forces in play to keep that from happening.” With a 50-50 US Senate, a paper-thin margin in the House, and Biden focused on other priorities, advocates on both sides acknowledge that sweeping measures to address gun violence appear unlikely. But that hasn’t stopped gun-rights groups and politicians across the country from ginning up fears that Biden wants to, as Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz put it, “erase the Second Amendment,” and come to people’s homes and take away their guns. GOP lawmakers in at least 17 states have introduced bills this year taking aim at possible federal gun restrictions, a CNN review has found. Nine of those states signed new laws that take a page from the immigration sanctuary movement (which limited state and local police from helping with federal immigration enforcement), by barring local and state […]

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