By Sean Sullivan
The Washington Post
While an Obama administration task force and lawmakers on Capitol Hill work to come up with ways to curb gun violence at the federal level in the wake of the recent mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, state lawmakers have also been active with efforts to address the issue since the tragedy.
New York, for example, appears poised to move swiftly ahead with new gun control measures. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) used his Wednesday State of the State address to call for tighter restrictions, including a pitch to pass the country’s toughest assault weapons ban, require background checks in private gun sales, and stiffen penalties for illegal guns sales.
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) said Cuomo and legislative leaders were “95 percent” of the way toward an agreement. State Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos said he was hopeful a proposal could be presented to his members soon for a vote. In New York, Democrats control the state House, while a unique power sharing agreement is in place in the state Senate
Below is a sampling of other states where there has been notable legislative movement on gun control measures, in alphabetical order.
California: A state with perhaps the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation may be tightening them even more, as one state lawmaker said last month that he would propose a bill to require permits and background checks for ammunition purchases, while another said he would introduce a measure to require annual registration and background checks for all gun owners. Democrats control both state legislative chambers in the state.
Colorado: In the state where a deadly mass shooting at a movie theater occurred last summer, the gun control debate has seized attention in the legislature. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), in his Thursday State of the State address, called for universal background checks on all guns sales. Last month, Hickenlooper proposed speeding up the pace at which information from court proceedings involving mental health holds gets to the registry for gun ownership background checks.