From Our State Affiliates

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. 

In April 2022, a Maryland measure to ban guns without serial numbers went into effect without Governor Larry Hogan’s signature.  “These untraceable firearms have become the weapon of choice for criminals,” Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said. “They are easily purchased over the internet without a background check, making them easily accessible to children, violent felons, domestic abusers, and others who are ineligible to own a firearm.”

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.