Gun Control Within Different States

With it almost being two months since the February 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, many cities and states have taken control over the gun control situation in order to receive the action they deserve. In order to achieve this goal, states are raising the legal age limit to receiving and owning a gun and looking further into a person’s background to see if the were convicted of any type of charge.

Some of these states and certain cities include: Florida, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Deerfield, Illinois.

Florida’s state senator, Joe Negron, has passed a Senate Bill 7026 which is called the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act which will raise the age limit of purchasing a gun from 18 to 21, will require a 3 day waiting period for purchasing most guns, and will ban the sale of bump stocks on rifles for them to fire faster.

With the act wanting to push the legal age to 21 for purchasing an armed weapon, it has caused controversy with the NRA, National Rifle Association. They are saying that it is taking away both the 2nd Amendment and 14th Amendment rights of the United States Constitution.

In Oregon, Legislature had started to ban people who were convicted of domestic abuse and domestic violence from buying or owning ammunition and firearms. Governor Kate Brown continued to push for this to be passed so that their can be protection of victims of domestic violence.

Rhode Island’s Governor Gina Raimondo has joined a few other states in the “red flag” policy to enforce people who are a danger to oneself or to others to keep guns out of their hands. This policy allows law enforcement to keep a look out for those who may impose threats whether it is online or in real life and to be able to legally remove the guns from their possession.

Although Washington state has not implemented any certain action quiet yet, they are planning on making bump stocks illegal in June of 2019 in which police will be able to seize them. Right now they are making it where people cannot manufacture or sell the device, and then a year from now it will be illegal to even own or buy one.

In the town Deerfield Illinois, the town has voted on banishing the use and possession of firearms to increase community safety. If the people within the town refuse to hand over their weapon, they could be charged up to $1,000 per day until the weapon is given up. This has also stirred up controversy with the gun activists and they are beginning to file lawsuits against the passed ordinance.