Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Each year, in state legislative houses across the country, elected officials vote on hundreds of bills that have the potential to save lives—or to jeopardize them. Although the media tends to focus on the fact that Congress has yet to make any meaningful progress to protect Americans from gun violence, the action at the state level is the bigger and more crucial story. The Law Center is currently tracking over 1,300 firearms bills in state legislatures across the country. Of these bills, about half would strengthen firearms laws and half would weaken them. There is also a substantial change on the grassroots level—as a more coordinated effort from groups old and new are making their voices heard for the safety of their communities.
The Law Center tracks and analyzes all gun legislation nationwide and below is a map of legislation moving through the state houses. We have only included bills that have moved out of their house of origin or further, which shows the bills that are most likely to become law.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, there is no doubt that public support for sensible gun laws has soared. Many legislators are following the lead of the people and fighting for strong new policies to fill the gaps in gun regulation left by Congress. READ MORE »