Everytown says gun control movement is seeing momentum
By Jared Morgan
National gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety says it’s seeing momentum in the push for state-level gun regulation.
“When you look at what’s happening in statehouses across the country, the gun safety movement is winning in state after state — even in this challenging political environment — because volunteers and gun violence survivors have become the counterweight to the gun lobby,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an Everytown group.
The issues of concern to Everytown range from tightening up criminal background checks to preventing domestic abusers from possessing firearms.
“Federal law, which applies in all states, prohibits spouses (and certain boyfriends and girlfriends …) who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes from having firearms. But without analogous state laws, state and local officials cannot enforce the prohibitions against domestic abusers,” the group said in a soon-to-be released gun law tracking web tool.
In the past three years, six states have passed domestic abuse laws where they pertain to firearms. In the same time, two states have gone further by passing laws requiring convicted domestic abuser to turn in their firearms.
Everytown’s web tool compares state gun laws across the country over