Meanwhile, about 100 gun rights activists marched in protest outside the state capitol Wednesday, where Democrats kicked off the new legislative session. That, combined with the introduction of a GOP bill to allow school employees with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms at work, suggests a contentious debate may be in the offing in the state. One reason Hickenlooper should be optimistic about his pitches: Democrats control the state legislature.
Connecticut: Gov. Dan Malloy (D) choked up when he mentioned the Newtown shooting in his Wednesday State of the State address, but didn’t lay out specific gun control proposals. What Malloy has done is something similar to what the Obama administration did, with the launch of an advisory panel that will offer recommendations on school safety and gun violence by mid-March. Meanwhile, a Republican state senator plans to propose legislation to close a loophole in the state’s assault weapons ban. Connecticut is home to some well-known gun makers, which adds another layer to the way the issue is addressed there. Democrats control the state legislature.
Illinois: The state Senate recently advanced measures that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, but with time running low in the lame-duck session, lawmakers moved to prioritize other matters first. Meanwhile, Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan has pressed the courts for tough laws. Democrats control the state legislature in Illinois.
Michigan: Gov. Rick Snyder (R) recently vetoed a measure that would have allowed concealed weapons in schools, day care centers, sports arenas, bars, places of worship, hospitals, dorms and casinos. Republicans control the state legislature.