Have We Made Progress Since Parkland?
In the months following the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, gun safety reforms made significant strides across the nation. States passed new laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands and blocked problematic bills that would have dangerously undermined public safety. Companies also took a stand for commonsense gun policy, either by cutting ties with the NRA or changing corporate policies. Even at the federal level, we made incremental progress banning bump stocks and allowing the CDC to research gun violence.
- 25 state legislatures passed commonsense gun safety laws, including restrictions on domestic abusers possessing firearms, expanded background checks, and prohibitions of high-capacity magazines and bump stocks.
- Over a dozen state bills eliminating permit requirements for carrying a concealed firearm – a key legislative goal for the NRA – were blocked, and not one was signed into law during the 2018 state legislative season. In Oklahoma, Republican Governor Fallin vetoed such a bill in her state. This stands in stark contrast with 2016 and 2017, when new states continued to enact permitless concealed carry laws.
- Companies in 18 states sided with gun safety. Delta and United Airlines, among others, cut ties with the NRA. Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, L.L. Bean, and Kroger increased the age to buy a firearm in their stores to 21. And Vista Outdoors announced it would divest from firearms manufacturing.