California U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns ruled Assembly Bill 173 provides a “research service” for law enforcement who lack “the training, background or education” to evaluate gun violence. The NRA has challenged the law on the grounds of defending gun owners’ privacy.
Maria Vullo, the former superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, is appealing a decision by a federal judge that says she is not entitled to qualified immunity after fining several companies that sold or underwrote “carry guard” policies because it is unclear whether she threatened the companies that business with the NRA.
Smart guns equipped with a fingerprint reader could stop accidental shootings, reduce suicides, render lost or stolen guns useless, and offer safety for police officers and jail guards who fear gun grabs.
A study by the UC Davis Firearm Violence Research Center estimated that as many as two out of every three Californians have been exposed indirectly to gun violence in the course of their normal daily activities. “I would expect the situation would be worse in many other states,” says research leader Dr. Garen J. Wintemute.
During last year alone, there were at least 42 acts of gun violence committed on K-12 campuses during school hours in 2021 — and more than 600 mass shootings of any kind. Advocates are desperate for change.