Gun Rules Advanced in Many States Even Before Recent Shootings

Gun Rules Advanced in Many States Even Before Recent Shootings

The spree of mass shootings over the past two months has led to renewed calls for more federal gun restrictions. But even before the most recent violence, state lawmakers were busy enacting measures designed to help solve a uniquely American public health crisis. After mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, claimed the lives of 18 people, President Joe Biden earlier this month announced six executive actions . They would, in part, lead to the banning of untraceable “ghost guns” and set a federal standard for laws that take guns away from people a court deems to be a threat to themselves or others—commonly known as “red flag” laws. Late Thursday, another eight people were killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. The gunman later took his own life. State lawmakers began work earlier this year, though, and have passed measures that would ban high-capacity magazines, require training for handgun purchases and ban weapons on state capitol grounds. Other measures would bolster background checks for gun purchases and add funding for programs that seek to reduce gun violence in urban communities. Even during the pandemic, when legislative debates have been cut short and the economy and public health have been top priorities, state lawmakers in several states have fought aggressively to enact new restrictions they hope can stem the virus of gun violence that has long plagued this country. “This is something that is impacting the blue states, the red states, communities of color and […]

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