New gun laws hardly adding restrictions

Since Newtown, more states have loosened regulations than have tightened them.

By Jonathan Berr Apr 4, 2013 12:53PM

File photo of customers at the gun counter in Duke's Sport Shop on Jan. 15, 2013, in New Castle, Pa. (© Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, officials in five states passed seven laws that make it tougher for residents to purchase weapons. But as The Wall Street Journal noted today, 10 states have weakened such laws.


This trend, described by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in The Journal, underscores the tough road advocates face in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children and 6 adult staff members dead. That spurred President Obama to make gun control one of his top priorities.


However, that's going to be difficult, given that Republicans control 30 governorships and that most state legislatures are sympathetic to the arguments of the National Rifle Association and other gun rights advocates.


Residents in North Dakota will be able to carry concealed weapons in a church under a bill recently passed by the state legislature. Montana lawmakers went further, allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The governors of both states are reviewing the bills, according to the newspaper. 


Perhaps the most surprising law The Journal found was in Tennessee, where people are now allowed to store weapon in their vehicles even if their employer objects. Stricter gun measures have even failed in states with legislatures controlled by Democrats, such as Washington and New Mexico.


Another sign that the tide isn't turning against easy gun ownership: Shares of big gunmakers Sturm Ruger (RGR) and Smith & Wesson (SWHC) have given back the gains they made previously, peaking in early March, as fears of wider sales restrictions have proven to be unfounded.


A recent report commissioned by the NRA recommended sending a trained, armed school resource officer to every school in the country and that teachers should carry firearms if they're willing to go through 40 to 60 hours of comprehensive training. Though gun control advocates and many Democrats argue this approach won't make schools safer, the NRA remains undaunted.


"There isn't a mom or a dad anywhere who wouldn't feel better seeing a police car in the parking lot when they drop their kids off at school," said Wayne LaPierre, the group's head, in a recent blog post. "But the powerful elites, who will always have their own security, called our proposal absurd. You know what's really absurd? Not protecting our children at school."


Jonathan Berr does not own shares of the listed stocks. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.

 

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47Comments
Apr 4, 2013 1:28PM
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Gun control has never worked and never will.

The focus should be people control.

Apr 4, 2013 1:44PM
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If you are an advocate for gun control, dont come to me when you need the protection of my gun
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When the powerful rich elites dictate who can and can't defend themselves, then who are they really protecting? More gun laws will Not lessen the affect of the criminal bent on killing, just restrict those who don't want to be killed because they can't defend themselves.  
Apr 4, 2013 2:50PM
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I think we need to have a little discussion about the difference of the letter of the law versus the intent of the law when it comes to the right to bear arms.  There are a lot of people that use the argument that we should have the right to keep our guns because of hunting purposes.  This is really not a very strong argument.  Hunting anymore is considered more of a sport then a means to provide food for a family, though it does in fact do that as well.  The real reason, and the best reason that we need to uphold our constitutional right to bear arms has to do with defense against persecution. 

This was the intent of the second amendment.  The second amendment was not written for hunting purposes.  The founding fathers had just come out of a brutal, bloody war with England.  They had seen firsthand what it was like to live under strong control, one type being gun control.  They did not want that for their new country that they were creating.  They wanted to make sure that it was in the constitution that members of this country would always get to keep that right of freedom. 

If you look at the second amendment in this way, there should be no gun types restrictions whatsoever.  The letter of the law states “the right to bear arms.” A person could pick this apart (which they have) and say that it doesn’t say what kind of arms so we can outlaw different types of weapons and its okay because it doesn’t say that people have the right to bear any and all types of arms.  But if you really look at the intent of this law, that is EXACTLY what it says.

Apr 4, 2013 1:30PM
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Republicans my a$$. 

I believe a survey would show more democrats to be gun owners than republicans.

Apr 4, 2013 3:32PM
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Those who give up Freedom, for Security, Have neither!!
Apr 4, 2013 3:05PM
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Punish the fools not the tools and their law abiding owners. Stricter penalties for misuse along with a cleaning up of the rampant mental health problems will go much farther towards realizing results than further restrictions on the law abiding public.
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Taking away every gun in America will not bring those kids back.
Apr 4, 2013 3:24PM
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Record background checks  again in March. MSNBC ignores the real facts that people do not want more gun laws & we already have background checks. Lies work for only so long.
Apr 4, 2013 3:00PM
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When the good guy owns a gun he never misses his target and always shoots

the bad guy.

Apr 4, 2013 3:21PM
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they can't enforce any new gun laws anyway. Civil disobediance willl be back, with fire power to back it up. Dems will loose many seats next year. Defeating the entire agenda. The courts will overturn the laws, costing all of us money. Liberals continue to out smart themeselfs.
Apr 4, 2013 4:25PM
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Even if the ridiculous proposal to require background checks whenever any firearm changes hands, including the passing of a gun from father to offspring, should become law, it would have absolutely NO effect on gun violence.  No ****er will ever run a background check on his fellow gang member when he gives or sells him a (probably stolen) gun.  Nor will anyone else who sells weapons to strangers in bars or on the street.

 

Background checks will become helpful when, and ONLY when, there is some realistic method of obtaining individuals' mental histories, not just criminal histories.  ALL of the maniacs who have perpetrated mass shootings in the U.S. were, in fact, maniacs.  Incidentally, every one of them is/was a "progressive," "liberal," or whatever left-wing tag you care to attach.  The maniac in the movie theater even worked for Obama's campaign.

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Gun control is a joke , these politicians are kidding themselves. This is a country that was tamed by guns has existed because of guns  and will remain with guns . There isn't a force alive that could ever disarm this country and never will be !  
Apr 4, 2013 1:39PM
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Little restrictions "really worked" during prohabition. Because then the criminals weren't using full auto BARs or .45 cal Thompsons with barrrel clips.  Oh wait they were.  And they aren't now.... Huh wonder what caused that change?
Apr 5, 2013 8:36AM
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Used to be opposing the Constitution was called Treason, now it is called "Common Sense" by the Imbecile Obama.  People must realize these laws, regulations and executive orders are illegal, and as such, "We the People..." MUST ignore these attempts to outlaw our civil rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

This next election, EVERY gun owner must come out to vote, and get rid of every single Democrat, BEFORE they go after the First Amendment.   Lincoln knew how to deal with these democrat traitors during the Civil War.  The Constitution stands in the democrats way to creating their socialist state.
Apr 4, 2013 9:19PM
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Just look at all the liberal idiot democrap states with all their gun control, they all have the highest murder rates e.g. chicago. The reason why------ good people can not have guns to protect themselves.I KNOW ONE THING, NO POLITICIAN WILL EVER TELL ME NOT TO OWN GUNS SO I CAN PROTECT MY FAMILY. THEY CAN STICK IT UP MY A------ 
May 14, 2013 4:23PM
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Gun control is useing two hands instead of one ! And people that are against guns know nothing about them if I ever see a person against guns at gun point I promise for the respect of there opinion on guns , I will turn the other cheek and will not shoot the criminal with my gun :)
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