A new law is down on the books for gun owners and the right to bear arms may be constitutionally protected right under the Second Amendment, but not without restriction. The Vegas massacre began the push by gun control advocates to illegalize bump stocks that banned their use in 10 states.
The Federal Bump Stock Ban is set to go into effect this month. In case you didn’t know, a bump stock is, a device used on a rifle to mimic a semi-automatic weapon is now illegal to own, buy or sell across the entire United States.
Owners can receive up to $150 for turning in their bump stocks in Washington state. Gun right advocates are appealing the federal with lawsuits filed in four states: Ohio, Washington, Utah and Michigan.
Since 2018, 50 new gun laws have been passed since last year following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students in Parkland, Florida.
Organizations vocal about the need for stricter gun laws are finally seeing progress in their desire for more rigorous application requirements when it comes to access for individuals who considered sex offenders, have been convicted of domestic abuse or diagnosed with a mental health disorder.
Also in discussion, is the ‘stand your ground’ law which protects gun users with the argument of self-defense.
One national organization making progress in gun control advocacy is Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America. This organization began shortly after the Sandy Hook gun shooting claimed the lives of 27 people in 2012.
New gun expansion laws have continued to be adopted. In seven states measures to allow trained personnel, including teachers in K-12 schools. A new law allowing guns on church grounds is also underway in Florida.
Some parents say advocates in favor of stricter gun laws have taken their position and power too far, at least that’s what four parents claim after a lawsuit filed stated that the district forced their political views and required a student walkout shortly after the Parkland shooting in 2018.
The lawsuit claims that schools should not use their position to influence governmental policy. During the walkout, more than 50,000 students were involved.
Included in these claims are statements on how tax dollars and classroom time were used throughout grades K-12, not excluding special needs students. Students were required to write essays, craft anti-gun messages, and notes, and some claim that students in high school grades were encouraged to walk out without permission from parents or administrators in authority.
The Plaintiffs Lucas Burwell and Michelle Yarbrough, and Katherin Kirkpatrick and Christopher S. Johnson state that the action taken on the part of the school district violated their beliefs and rights protected under constitutional law.