Gun control group launches web tool to track state gun laws
By Jared Morgan
Screenshot of the “gun law navigator.” (Graph: Everytown)
Everytown for Gun Safety this week launched an interactive online tool comparing gun laws between states over the past 25 years.
The gun control group says Gun Law Navigator users can use the tool to see how gun laws have changed in states across the country and claim it’s the “largest historical database of current American gun laws.”
“Two years in the making, the Gun Law Navigator … covers hundreds of state laws related to gun background checks, who can possess and who can carry guns, concealed carry permitting systems, and restrictions on access to guns by domestic abusers,” Everytown said in a press release announcing the web application’s launch.
Everytown noted several trends that become apparent upon inspection of the nation’s gun laws since 1991, including those dealing with domestic abuse and background checks.
Some 27 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws since 1991 barring domestic abusers from possessing guns, according to Everytown’s analysis. Also, since 1992, 16 states and D.C. have passed laws requiring domestic abusers surrender their guns if issued a restraining order prohibiting them from firearm possession.
Some six states have also prohibited violent misdemeanor offenders from gun possession and nine