Tracking Pro Gun Laws

Since the Newton shooting, there has been a massive spotlight on new legislation for gun control. The diagram below depicts states that have already either passed a law in the house or if it’s been signed and enacted. Gun-control advocates have scored victories in states like colorado and New York since the Newtown, Conn., shooting, but more states have expanded gun rights than restricted them since the December tragedy

 

Gun Laws In states

 

 

State
Legislation
Description
Effect on gun-control laws
Status
Arkansas
AR S 71
Allows guns in houses of worship.
weaken
enacted
Arkansas
AR S 131
Prohibits the release to the public of records related to concealed weapon permit holders and applicants.
weaken
enacted
Arkansas
AR H 1243
Allows trained and licensed staff and faculty to carry concealed handguns on university, college, or community-college campuses under certain circumstances.
weaken
enacted
Kentucky
KY S 150
Removes the six-month residency requirement for concealed-carry permits and shortens the maximum time state police have to approve a concealed-carry application to 30 days from 90.
weaken
enacted
Maine
ME S 214
Places a moratorium on public access to records of concealed-weapon permits for a specified time period.
weaken
enacted
Mississippi
MS H 485
Makes confidential records of concealed-weapon permits.
weaken
enacted
Mississippi
MS H 2
Relaxes laws relating to where concealed weapon permit holders may carry in public.
weaken
enacted
South Dakota
SD H 1087
Authorizes school boards to allow the arming of school employees or security personnel after obtaining the consent of local law enforcement.
weaken
enacted
Tennessee
TN S 142
Would allow residents with a valid handgun-carry permit to transport and store a firearm or ammunition in the permit holder’s privately owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas under certain conditions.
weaken
enacted
Michigan
MI S 60
Would exempt all federally licensed firearm dealers (instead of only class 01 federally licensed firearm dealers) from handgun-licensing requirement.
weaken
enacted
South Dakota
SD S 166
Would provide that a concealed carry permit is valid for five years, instead of for four years.
weaken
enacted
Arkansas
AR S 170
Would allow a pregnant woman to use deadly force to protect herself and her unborn child, with no duty to retreat unless the pregnant woman knows she can avoid the necessity of using deadly physical force and simultaneously ensure the complete safety of her unborn child.
weaken
enacted
South Dakota
SD S 227
Any person who possesses a permit to carry a concealed pistol can carry a pistol while operating or riding a snowmobile.
weaken
enacted
Montana
MT S 145
Would provide that the information contained in a concealed-weapon permit application is confidential.
weaken
enacted
Utah
UT H 317
Would prohibit the state or a political subdivisions of the state from compelling a concealed-weapon permit holder to divulge whether he has a concealed weapon permit or is carrying a concealed firearm. However, the law would allow disclosure of the personal information of concealed weapon holders to law enforcement and for purposes of conducting criminal background checks.
weaken
enacted
Virginia
VA S 1335
Would make confidential records of concealed-weapon permits.
weaken
enacted
Utah
UT S 80
Would provide a system to allow individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms for mental health reasons to petition to have their gun rights reinstated.
weaken
enacted
Montana
MT H 304
Would allow carrying a concealed weapon in public without a permit.
weaken
sent to governor
Idaho
ID H 183
Would clarify that local governments may not regulate the carrying of concealed weapons.
weaken
sent to governor
Kansas
KS S 21
Would provide automatic concealed-weapon permit reciprocity with all other states.
weaken
sent to governor
North Dakota
ND H 1283
Would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry a gun in a house of worship with permission.
weaken
sent to governor
Oklahoma
OK S 977
Would provide automatic reciprocity for all out-of-state concealed weapon permits.
weaken
sent to governor
Alabama
AL H 116
Would have authorized the formation of volunteer emergency security forces at public schools in the county consisting of current and retired school employees and local citizens.
weaken
vetoed
Utah
UT H 76
Would have allowed carrying a concealed weapon in public without a permit.
weaken
vetoed
Montana
MT H 302
Would have sought to nullify the application of federal firearms law in the state.
weaken
vetoed
Colorado
CO H 1224
Bans large-capacity ammunition magazines.
strengthen
enacted
Colorado
CO H 1229
Requires criminal background checks for all firearm sales.
strengthen
enacted
New York
NY S 2230
Imposes numerous provisions to: strengthen the assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazine bans; provide a mechanism to remove firearms from unstable individuals, close private sale loophole, require lost and stolen reporting, require safe storage and regulate ammunition sales.
strengthen
enacted
Mississippi
MS S 2647
Facilitates the reporting of mental-health data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Also allows individuals prohibited from buying guns because of a mental-health disability to petition to have their gun rights reinstated.
strengthen
enacted
Utah
UT H 121
Authorizes gun owners to voluntarily commit their firearms to law enforcement for 60 days if they believe a cohabitant is an immediate threat.
strengthen
enacted
Utah
UT H 50
Would allow a court to prohibit the subject of a dating-relationship protective order from possessing firearms.
strengthen
enacted
Wyoming
WY H 216
Would allow a judge to carry a weapon in his courtroom and prohibit someone else from carrying a weapon in his or her courtroom.
strengthen
enacted
Connecticut
CT SB 1
Among other restrictions, would ban certain semiautomatic firearms; limit large-capacity ammunition magazines; and require background checks for all firearm sales.
strengthen
enacted
Arkansas
AR H 1503
Would create the offense of unlawful procurement of a firearm or ammunition.
strengthen
sent to governor

 


Source: The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Notes: Maps don’t include vetoed bills. Bills that weaken gun restrictions include those that make gun-owner data confidential. Maps don’t include bills that address some areas, like penalties for gun crimes.

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  • Reply Daily Firearms News - Gunmart Blog April 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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  • Reply Dominic Kirby September 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Wow, it’s enlightening to see some states going in the proper direction. Sadly, I’m here in CO.

  • Reply Gina November 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I love my state. KY for the win!

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