State legislatures passed almost 70 legal measures tightening restrictions on firearms after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year, The New York Times reports.
The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence found in its year-end report that more than half of states passed some form of gun control measure in the last year, which coincided with fewer measures that increase access to firearms being passed. Another gun control advocacy group, Everytown for Gun Safety, claims that roughly 90 percent of the state legislation supported by the National Rifle Association failed to pass.
“Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control groups have invested unprecedented resources in their state lobbying and public relations efforts shifting the gun control battleground to the state level,” the NRA said in a statement.
The Times notes that although Bloomberg does account for about one third of Everytown for Gun Safety’s budget, he does not fund the Giffords Law Center.
Although most of the gun control laws were passed in Democratic-controlled states, GOP-dominated legislatures passed 18 measures to restrict firearms, and Republican governors in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maryland and Illinois all signed gun control legislation passed by Democratic chambers.
Most of these laws were passed soon after the Parkland shooting in March and April, with Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act named for where it took place.
“A lot of policies that we had been working on as a movement for years were pushed across the finish line because of Parkland,” said Allison Anderman, the Giffords Law Center’s managing attorney.
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