Reporting By Peter Doocy
The streak of states strengthening their gun laws without Supreme Court interference continued Tuesday when California lawmakers learned they can proceed with their proposed 10-day waiting period to buy guns. The second largest wait in the country.
“Federal laws provide a certain baseline that every state has to respect. But then above that states are free to vary how they regulate guns and we have wide diversity in the United States—some states that regulate them more lightly and others regulate them much more strictly,” says UCLA Law professor Adam Winkler.
An overwhelming 77% of adults polled by the Washington Post and ABC News don’t think congress is doing enough to prevent mass shootings. A majority—62%--don’t think President Trump is doing enough, but when states act faster than the feds, the results are sometimes mixed.
“States that are most aggressive on gun violence prevention efforts sometimes find that their laws don’t work,” Winkler says. “In California for instance, we have a law that bans the possession of high capacity magazines. But according to law enforcement sources, no one has turned in one of these magazines.”
On a scorecard tracking the strength of state laws The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gives Florida, site of the horrible Parkland school shooting, an F grade.
The group concludes that “consistently, we see a powerful correlation: states with stronger laws have fewer gun deaths per capita while states with weaker laws have more gun deaths.
Over half a dozen states get “A’s” including Maryland, where there’s a universal background check for all handgun and assault weapons purchases or transfers.
But Maryland’s strong gun laws didn’t stop a Clarksburg high school student from building an arsenal with an AR-15, other guns, and multiple grenades. Police say he also had a list of grievances.
The White House says President Trump is open to beefing up the National Instant Criminal Background Check, or NICS, but many say if a determined criminal wants to do harm, they will do harm.