States divided on gun controls, even as mass shootings rise

States divided on gun controls, even as mass shootings rise

FILE – Gov. Ned Lamont and state troopers view dozens of assault weapons, rifles and handguns displayed on a table prior to a press conference at the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory in Meriden, Conn., Thursday, April 14, 2022. In Connecticut, gun violence legislation supported by both Democrats and Republicans swiftly followed after 20 children and six staff members were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. But additional gun control measures stalled this year in the Democratic-led General Assembly, in large part because of a short legislative session and threats by Republicans to hold up legislation through a filibuster. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP, File) OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was quick to react to this week’s carnage at a Texas elementary school, sending a tweet listing the gun control measures the Democratic-controlled state has taken. He finished with: “Your turn Congress.” But gun control measures are likely going nowhere in Congress, and they also have become increasingly scarce in most states. Aside from several Democratic-controlled states, the majority have taken no action on gun control in recent years or have moved aggressively to expand gun rights. That’s because they are either controlled politically by Republicans who oppose gun restrictions or are politically divided, leading to stalemate. “Here I am in a position where I can do something, I can introduce legislation, and yet to know that it almost certainly is not going to go anywhere is a feeling of helplessness,” said state Sen. […]

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