Are gun laws under attack? A roundup of recent changes across the country

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Over the past two weeks, there have been a number of legislative and legal developments across the United States related to gun laws. 

We’ve rounded up some of the most significant developments, and provided an analysis of whether these changes could find their way to ballot initiatives in next year’s election.

Gun Laws Thwarted

  • A federal judge blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a new rule that would have required background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21.
  • A state judge blocked the enforcement of a new law in Indiana that would have banned the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Gun Laws Overturned

  • A federal judge overturned a California law that required gun owners to show good cause to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public.

Gun Laws Upheld

  • A federal judge upheld a Colorado law that bans the sale of bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.
  • A federal judge upheld a Maryland law that bans the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Legislative and Political Changes

  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill banning the sale of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
  • Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill that raises the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 and extends the waiting period for gun purchases from three days to seven days.
  • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill that bans the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
  • The New York State Assembly passed a bill that would ban the sale of body armor to civilians.

Other News

  • The Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to hear a case in October that could challenge the constitutionality of a New York law that restricts the carrying of firearms outside of the home.
  • The Biden administration has announced that it will propose a new rule that would ban the sale of ghost guns, privately made firearms that do not have serial numbers.

How will these changes impact 2024 ballot initiatives & the election?

The past two weeks have seen a mix of legislative and legal developments on gun laws. It is a complex and controversial topic, and the debate is likely to continue for many years to come.

In fact, it is possible that some of the gun law issues listed above could turn into ballot initiatives in 2024. In fact, some gun control advocates are already working on ballot initiatives in several states.

One issue that is likely to be the subject of ballot initiatives in 2024 is the assault weapons ban. The Biden administration has called for an assault weapons ban, and several states have already passed such bans. However, these bans have been challenged in court, and it is possible that the Supreme Court could strike down some of them. If that happens, gun control advocates are likely to turn to ballot initiatives to try to enact assault weapons bans in more states.

Another issue that could be the subject of ballot initiatives in 2024 is universal background checks. Universal background checks would require a background check for all gun purchases, including private sales and gun shows. Universal background checks are supported by a majority of Americans, but they have been opposed by gun rights groups. Gun control advocates are likely to push for ballot initiatives on universal background checks in 2024 in states where they have not been able to pass such laws through the legislature.

It is also possible that gun rights groups could push for ballot initiatives in 2024. For example, they could push for initiatives to expand the right to carry concealed weapons or to make it more difficult for states to pass gun control laws.

Ultimately, whether or not any of the gun law issues listed above turn into ballot initiatives in 2024 will depend on a number of factors, including the political landscape in each state and the ability of gun control and gun rights groups to mobilize their supporters.

The Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the New York gun case could have a significant impact on gun laws nationwide. If the Court strikes down the New York law, it could make it more difficult for other states to enact similar restrictions on firearms.

The Biden administration’s proposed rule on ghost guns is also likely to face legal challenges. Gun rights advocates argue that the rule is unconstitutional and that it would infringe on the right to bear arms.

It is important to note that the developments listed above are just a snapshot of the ongoing debate over gun laws in the United States. There are many other legislative and legal initiatives underway at the state and federal levels.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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