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In the past week, Maryland and Kansas have strengthened their gun laws, joining Florida and Vermont on the list of states that have taken action to reduce gun violence since the Parkland tragedy.
In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed three gun safety bills Tuesday:
Last Friday, Gov. Jeff Colyer of Kansas signed legislation that will prohibit gun possession by convicted domestic abusers, including abusive dating partners, and by domestic abusers who are subject to active protection orders. The Kansas House and Kansas Senate both passed versions of this legislation with unanimous votes this session.
In the weeks after the Parkland shooting, Vermont and Florida each enacted landmark legislative packages strengthening gun laws as well. The bills enacted in all four states received bipartisan support and were signed by Republican governors.
With most state legislatures still open, and with many considering their own gun violence prevention measures, the list of states strengthening their gun safety laws after Parkland could grow longer still in the weeks ahead. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with additional questions about the bills enacted in Maryland, Kansas, Vermont and Florida, or to hear more about bills pending in other states.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs