All legal gun purchases in Mexico must be made at a tightly secured army facility in Mexico City, following an arduous process of background checks. About 38 guns are sold there each day. Meanwhile, more than 500 guns are smuggled daily into Mexico from the U.S.–a poignant figure as the country suffers through unprecedented levels of homicide.
The Las Vegas mass shooting inspired many states to consider a ban on bump stocks, which enable rifles to fire more bullets quickly. Under a New Jersey law, residents were supposed to destroy or surrender their bump stocks by mid-April. Police haven’t received a single one.
“It’s a halo effect,” says Elinore Kaufman, lead author of a University of Pennsylvania study. “If you lived in a state with lenient laws but neighboring states had stronger laws, you were a little bit protected.”
The Oklahoma legislature passed a bill to allow people to carry a weapon without a permit. Gov. Mary Fallin said she disapproved of it because “the firearms requirement we currently have … are few and reasonable.”
The proposal to monitor violence committed by people who use its products passed despite opposition by the board of one of the largest U.S. gun makers. CEO Chris Killoy said it reflected “misguided principles created by groups who do not own guns, know nothing about our business, and frankly would rather see us out of business.”