Gun control advocates see state gains

by Ben Goad, The Hill  |  published on December 9, 2013

Colorado Gun Control
Eight states took significant steps toward tougher gun control in lieu of congressional action this year, according to a study issued Monday by a pair of advocacy groups.

However, the state-by-state analysis released by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gives failing grades to more than half the states, underscoring the difficult road ahead for proponents of stronger protections.

In the year following last December’s deadly shooting spree in Newtown, Conn., that state – along with California Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and New York – enacted major reforms, the groups said.

In the face of opposition from the powerful gun lobby, 21 states took some form of action on gun control in 2013, said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

The new regulations include mandatory background checks for all firearm sales, requirements that gun owners report lost or stolen firearms and bans on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

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