July 16, 2016

Gun Control

5 Questions: A Constitutional Expert Discusses Gun Control


As the country mourned 49 deaths in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and wondered what could have been done to prevent the tragedy, Democrats and Republicans introduced gun-safety measures in the Senate. Opponents, led by the National Rifle Association, cite the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution as they challenge limits on access to firearms.

On June 20, the Senate rejected the latest federal proposals to improve gun safety, and those introduced after the shootings in San Bernardino and Sandy Hook also failed. But some state proposals have been more successful. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to a Connecticut law making it a crime to sell or possess semiautomatic rifles, letting the law stand. Earlier in June, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a California law limiting the right to carry a concealed weapon outside the home.

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