US District Court Judge Robert Lasnik granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday night blocking the public availability of blueprints providing instructions for making plastic guns using 3D printers. Gun-rights activist Cody Wilson, who planned the Wednesday release, is fighting to post the blueprints, citing First Amendment rights.
Following the Parkland, Florida school shooting, YouTube announced tightened restrictions on firearm videos and the ban on videos promoting construction or sale of firearms and accessories. The new policy should go into effect next month. Citigroup is the first Wall Street bank to take a stance with restrictions on firearms sales by its business customers.
Following President Trump’s promise to work for improved gun control measures after the Florida High School shooting, he retreated, Monday, instead embracing the agenda of the National Rifle Association. Trump now supports the NRA’s plan for small improvements to the background check system and arming ‘highly trained expert teachers’ with concealed weapons.
President Trump announced, Tuesday, he has signed an order directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban bump stocks and other devices that turn semi-automatic guns into ‘machine guns.’ The proposal comes in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting and last year’s Las Vegas concert attack, where a bump-stock device was used.
Following last week’s Florida school shooting, President Trump is ‘supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system,’ according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Surviving students called for a march on Washington to demand gun control reform. Named ‘March for Our Lives,’ the event will happen across the US on March 24th.
The Florida school shooting may be a stronger catalyst for change than previous tragedies, as students continue pushing for gun reform in the shooting’s aftermath. As President Trump suggested teachers be armed with firearms to prevent shootings, students demanded restrictions of rifle sales, while defending their collective expression against right-wing media who called them actors.
Officials from New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department for failure to report criminal convictions in the military justice system to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its national gun background check database. The suit requires the Pentagon to adhere to federal court monitoring of compliance with reporting laws.
Following Delta Air Lines’ decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association, Georgia lawmakers voted to eliminate a tax benefit of at least $38 million for the Atlanta based airline company. Delta ended their promotional discount for NRA members to stay ‘neutral’ in the national gun debate. Georgia Republicans say they have the right to ‘govern guided by our principles.’
The aftermath of the Florida school shooting continues, as it was announced, Thursday, Scot Peterson, the armed school resource deputy was suspended after it was discovered he never entered the building as the shooting took place last week. Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA, commented on the gun reform fight, calling it ‘politicization of tragedy.’
A collection of companies announced their decision to pull advertisements from right-wing television host Laura Ingraham’s show after she insulted Parkland, Florida shooting survivor David Hogg. Advertisers including TripAdvisor, Nestle, Wayfair, and Hulu have cut ties with Ingraham. In response to the backlash, Ingraham apologized ‘for any upset or hurt’ her tweet caused.