Nine months after the Newtown, Ct. school shooting, gun-control advocates have had little luck in state legislatures. If the gun debate is reignited after another massacre claimed 12 victims the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard, it will take place in a nation with fewer restrictions on firearms than were in place a year ago, says the Washington Post. Only a few “blue” states — California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland and New York — advanced substantive laws.
Several states — including Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — passed laws that loosen restrictions on guns carried by school safety officials, steps similar to those the National Rifle Association urged after Newtown. “In the last several years, we've had a lot of state legislatures take a position that we think is pretty bright, that firearms legislation belongs in the hands of state legislatures so that you have uniform firearms laws from one end of the state to the other,” said Dave Workman of TheGunMag.com and the Second Amendment Foundation. “I think there have been more wins for firearms rights than for the gun-control crowd.”