After Virginia Beach, too many pundits and politicians said preventing gun violence was hopeless. They're wrong, and their cynicism is dangerous. As legislative sessions come to a close, here's proof that we're winning, and that @MomsDemand volunteers' hard work is paying off.
This year, two states and the District of Columbia enacted Red Flag Laws, bringing the number of states with this life-saving policy to 15. Nevada’s governor is expected to add the Silver State to this list soon.
In Colorado, after we helped flip the legislature to be a gun sense majority in 2018, Gov. Jared Polis signed a Red Flag Law, long demanded by gun violence survivors and other advocates.
Hawaii’s legislature has also passed a Red Flag Law, which is also on the governor’s desk.
Two states enacted background checks laws, bringing the total number of states that require a background check on all handgun sales to 21.
We also flipped Nevada and New Mexico legislatures to be gun sense majorities in 2018, and, after years of organizing by gun safety supporters, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Gov. Steve Sisolak signed bills requiring background checks on all gun sales.
In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown signed bipartisan legislation requiring convicted domestic abusers, abusers subject to final orders of protection and convicted stalkers to turn in their guns immediately.
In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont signed bills to require the responsible storage of firearms, as well as a bill prohibiting undetectable, untraceable firearms, commonly known as “ghost guns."
In New York, the legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit undetectable guns from being manufactured, possessed and sold across New York state. The legislation is now awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature.
In Nevada, the Assembly passed a sweeping school safety package, which is awaiting Gov. Sisolak's signature. Nevada was once considered an @NRA stronghold.
At the same time proactive gun safety bills were passing across the country, @NRA priority bills were blocked in red, blue and purple states. @MomsDemand volunteers showed up in their signature red t-shirts to urge lawmakers to reject gun lobby priorities.
Lawmakers in 16 states — Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming — rejected bills that would have allowed guns into K-12 schools.
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