More Than Half Of U.S. States Strengthened Gun Laws After Parkland Shooting

More Than Half Of U.S. States Strengthened Gun Laws After Parkland Shooting

High school students in Seattle hold up signs on their football field during the National School Walkout to protest gun violence on March 14, 2018. In the wake of mass shootings in Las Vegas; Sutherland Springs, Texas; and Parkland, Florida, millions of Americans have rallied behind a budding movement of student activists demanding legislative change. Their calls may not have resonated in Congress, which hasn’t passed a major gun control law in nearly a quarter-century, but a new report finds that lawmakers in 26 states have picked up the slack, passing 55 gun safety bills in just five months since the Parkland massacre . It’s a nearly unprecedented period of success for firearms safety advocates, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence , the national nonprofit that tallied the bills. Fear of the gun lobby and its supporters appeared to fade somewhat this year. “Increasingly, lawmakers are understanding that inaction in the wake of tragedy is no longer acceptable,” Allison Anderman, managing attorney of Giffords, said in a statement. “The horrific tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in February brought renewed fervor to the demand from Americans everywhere for our lawmakers to take action to save lives from our gun violence crisis.” The state-level initiatives that passed cover a number of areas, from strengthening background checks and keeping firearms away from domestic abusers, to funding urban gun violence prevention programs and restricting access to certain types of weaponry. Some of most popular measures were enacted in response […]

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