Most States Restrict Local Governments From Passing Gun Reform, Study Shows

Most States Restrict Local Governments From Passing Gun Reform, Study Shows

The study out of the American Journal of Public Health found that many U.S. states have preemptive measures that do not allow for local communities to pass their own gun laws but do have laws to keep gun reform controlled at a state level. People are led out of a King Soopers grocery store after a shooting in the store March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio via AP) (CN) — The majority of U.S. states have passed laws to keep gun-control policies up to states, but have not passed substantial statewide firearm policies, according to a study to be released in the July issue of the American Journal of Public Health . Though about 38,000 people a year die as a result of firearms in the U.S., the study shows that nearly 40 states have restricted their local governments from enacting any gun-control laws in their communities. The study’s lead author Jennifer Pomeranz, professor at NYU’s School of Global Public Health , says that is nothing new. “The firearm industry was one of the first to use preemption as a tool to block public health policymaking in local areas where enacting measures would have been politically feasible,” Pomeranz said in a statement. “Cities have been trying to pass their own laws to protect their residents from gun violence — including Boulder, the site of a tragic mass shooting in March — only to be thwarted by state governments.” Looking at gun laws across all […]

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