Texas is poised to remove one of its last major gun restrictions after lawmakers approved allowing people to carry handguns without a license, and the background check and training that go with it. The Republican-dominated Legislature approved the measure Monday, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he will sign it despite the objections of law enforcement groups who say it would endanger the public and police.
President Biden on Thursday will announce initial steps his administration plans to take on firearm safety, along with the nomination of a prominent gun safety advocate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The moves, which were previewed Wednesday evening by a senior administration official, come after recent high-profile mass shootings put added pressure on Biden to act on gun violence.
After months of silence, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of nine victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting against Remington Arms, the manufacturer of the rifle used in the shooting. The suit is a high-stakes challenge to gun companies, which have rarely been held liable for crimes committed with their products, and could mark a new front in the battle over gun regulations and corporate accountability.
The Trump administration has fulfilled its promise to ban bump stocks which let rifles fire like machine guns. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced the final date to destroy or turn in the devices is March 21, 2019. The push to ban bump stocks came following mass shootings in October 2017 and February 2018.
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.