From Our State Affiliates

CALIFORNIA

Governor Newsom signed several new gun reform laws in July 2022.

  1. Liability reform that allows the state, local governments and residents to sue gun makers for the harm caused by their products.
  2. Banning the gun industry from marketing to minors.
  3. Extended restrictions on ghost guns.

DELAWARE

Delaware made all the right moves to pass six new gun laws to the books by June 30, 2022. They include:

  • A ban on the sale of assault-style weapons
  • An increase in the age to purchase most firearms from 18 to 21
  • Strengthened background checks through re-instituting the Fire Arm Transaction Approval Program;
  • New limits on high-capacity magazines
  • Hold gun manufacturers and dealers liable for reckless or negligent actions that lead to gun violence
  • A ban on the use of devices that convert handguns into fully automatic weapons.

RENEWED PUSH IN RHODE ISLAND

In response to the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, the Rhode Island House legislature passed 3 new gun safety bills after hours of heated debate between lawmakers.  They include raise the age to purchase from 18 to 21 years; ban open carry of firearms in public; and ban high-capacity magazines over 10-rounds.

10 NEW GUN LAWS IN NEW YORK

New York Governor Hochul signed 10 gun reform bills, includes raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21 years old. The New York package also includes:

  • Strengthens the state’s existing “red flag” law, to allow additional people, such as health care workers, to file the petitions and require law enforcement to file them in certain circumstances.
  • Require state and local law enforcement to submit gun crime information to national agencies in addition to microstamping on new guns.
  •  Illegal for people to purchase and sell body vests with exceptions for law enforcement and other eligible professionals.

TEXAS GUNSENSE RESPONDS TO SCHOOL SHOOTING IN UVALDE

This week in Uvalde, Texas, 19 children and 2 educators were murdered in the sanctity of a classroom. Once again, this uniquely American nightmare has played out in our home state.  After Santa Fe, El Paso, and Odessa, top state leadership signaled interest in common sense gun laws in Texas — policies for which we have fought for years. Governor Abbott’s 2018 school safety plan laid out legislation including an Extreme Risk Protection Order and mandatory reporting of lost and stolen firearms. The Legislature failed to enact these measures and instead chose to further weaken our gun laws as the gun violence crisis raged on.

Join us in taking action by contacting your lawmakers to demand action in honor of the innocent victims of Uvalde and the far too many others who are shot and killed every day.

Nebraska successfully defeated bills that would eliminate safety training and background checks for conceal carry firearms. Measures like this are often called “constitutional carry” in reference to the opposition’s erroneous belief and misinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution that it allows individuals the right to carry concealed guns without a permit.

Georgia, Indiana and Ohio now endanger their communities with permit-less conceal carry laws. 

VOTE WITHOUT FEAR IN COLORADO

Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into law in March 2022 that bans anyone in Colorado from openly carrying a firearm within 100 feet of a voting location, unless their property falls within that buffer. The Vote Without Fear Act was a priority election bill for Democrats in charge of the state legislature. Supporters say the law was needed to prevent the harassment of voters and poll workers, arguing that the current intimidation law can be difficult to enforce.

WASHINGTON SIGNS THREE BILLS INTO LAW

Three Cheers to Washington! In March 2022, Governor Inslee signed three bills into law: 

  • A capacity limit on magazines
  • A ban on openly carrying such weapons at government meetings
  • A ban on distribution, sale, importation and manufacture of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.