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Gun Control Advocates See Chance of Victory in State Legislatures

Gun Control Advocates See Chance of Victory in State Legislatures
(AP)

By    |   Thursday, 18 January 2018 12:35 PM

Supporters of stricter gun regulations see opportunities for victories in state legislature this year after some Republicans showed they would be willing to break with the National Rifle Association in order to support some new restrictions, The Hill reported Thursday.

Advocates note that in Massachusetts and New Jersey, bump stocks were banned in bills passed by Democratic legislatures and signed by Republican governors. A Virginia legislative committee has approved a bump stock ban, and similar legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Indiana, and Washington the report said.

"States are really taking the lead on banning these weapons in the face of congressional inaction," said Robin Lloyd, the director of government affairs at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

"There is a growing acknowledgment and recognition that we have a gun safety problem in this country, and there are common sense solutions," Lloyd added.

California, Washington, and Oregon have passed bills that would allow family members or law enforcement officials to get protection orders that would temporarily bar someone who could be a potential threat, The Hill reported.

Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia would prevent people with domestic-abuse convictions from possessing firearms, the report said.

In Olympia, Washington, supporters on both sides of the issue met this week to testify on gun legislation. One bill would make a misdemeanor out of owning large capacity magazines. Another bill would require a license for anyone who wants to buy an assault weapon, a report in The Columbia Basin Herald said.

Supporters of gun owners' rights also are planning new pushes. "We will continue our push to expand the right of self-defense," said NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker in The Hill.

Federal action on gun control is unlikely due to the political atmosphere, said Aaron Kivisto, a clinical psychologist at the University of Indiana.

"The possibility of evidence-based firearm laws has become so politically toxic that there's essentially zero action on firearm legislation likely to reduce rates of gun deaths in a meaningful way," Kivisto said in The Hill.

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