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Here are the gun control measures currently being debated by state legislatures

Discussion of gun control and gun rights has dominated the national discussion since the deadly Florida shooting. Here is what the states are doing. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

In the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, discussion of gun control and gun rights has dominated the national discussion. While Congress debates how to move forward nationally, this is how state governments across the country have reacted.


  • Red flag laws: This bill is being debated in the Alaska state House. From there it will go to the Republican-controlled state Senate.


  • Minimum age law: Proposals to raise age for buying shotguns and rifles to 21.



  • Arming teachers: Two Florida legislative committees approved a $67 million plan to arm teachers.
  • Minimum age law: Gov. Rick Scott (R) asked Florida legislative committees to come up with a plan to raise the minimum age for purchasing a rifle to 21.
  • Waiting period: Proposed legislation would institute mandatory a three-day waiting period.


  • Ban bump stocks: This measure passed the Illinois state House on Feb. 28.
  • Minimum age law: Raises the minimum age for the purchase of certain guns to 21.
  • Waiting period: Increases waiting period for the purchase of certain guns.


  • Domestic abusers must surrender weapons: This legislation has been introduced for three years without passing. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) proposed trying to pass this again, after the shooting of a Prince George’s County police officer who was trying to intervene in a domestic dispute.
  • Red flag laws: Lawmakers are currently deliberating this legislation, which has been praised by Gov. Hogan.


New Jersey

  • Background checks: Newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy (D) made increasing gun control laws part of his platform when he ran for governor.
  • Magazine size: Legislators worked on measures to restrict the size of magazines.
  • Red flag laws: This legislation is already drafted, and ready to be debated.

New York

  • Background checks: As of Feb. 22, the state Senate was three votes shy of passing gun control legislation, including expanded background checks. There are currently two vacant seats, and special elections to fill them will take place on April 24.
  • Ban bump stocks: See above.
  • Red flag laws: See above.


  • Background checks: Gov. John Kasich (R) has asked state lawmakers to pass legislation on this.
  • Ban bump stocks: Kasich has asked state lawmakers to pass legislation on this.
  • Ban armor-piercing rounds: Kasich has asked state lawmakers to pass legislation on this.
  • Red flag law: Kasich has asked state lawmakers to pass legislation on this.


  • Ending licensing requirements: One of the few states to work on decreasing gun control after the Parkland shooting, three bills in the Oklahoma State House could end licensing and training requirements for handguns.
  • Arming teachers: Specifically introduced after the Parkland shooting.

Rhode Island

  • Red flag laws (temporary): Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed an executive order on Feb. 26 to enact red flags laws temporarily. The state Legislature will have to pass a permanent version to keep the restrictions in effect.

South Carolina

  • Background checks: Proposed legislation would increase the wait time from three days to five days.


  • Ban bump stocks: The Washington state Senate has voted 31-18 to ban bump stocks. The measure has already passed the state House 56-41, and will now be sent to Gov. Jay Inslee, who is expected to sign it into law.

Washington D.C.

  • Ban bump stocks: This new legislation has been proposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser. However, D.C. already bans the types of guns that can use bump stocks.
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