Share “Weapon restrictions a tough sell”

Weapon restrictions a tough sell

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: March 25, 2013
Advertisement

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has signed gun control legislation into law. Gun control proponents have something to crow about, but not much. After the mass shooting in Connecticut, many gun control advocates expected the country to embrace dramatic restriction of gun rights. Instead, only minor tweaks are occurring, and some states are actually expanding gun rights.

The U.S. Senate won't hear a bill imposing an “assault weapons” ban. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says fewer than 40 of 100 senators supported the ban in a chamber with a strong Democratic majority. Congressional talks are instead focused on requiring background checks for private gun sales, but reports indicate that this provision's success may depend on the support of Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, who supports gun rights.

At the state level, South Dakota has enacted a law allowing teachers to carry weapons. The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed similar legislation. It awaits a Senate hearing. Lawmakers in other states are considering comparable measures, including Georgia, New Hampshire and Kansas. Utah and Texas already allow teachers to be armed under certain circumstances.

Continue reading this story on the...

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
+ show more


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    This new app will let you know when a stoplight is about to turn green
  2. 2
    One Tweet Nails the Unsettling Truth About Our Obsession With Cecil the Lion
  3. 3
    University of Virginia graduates sue Rolling Stone over rape story
  4. 4
    US official: Debris in photo belongs to same type of aircraft as missing Malaysia Airlines plane
  5. 5
    10 of the First, and Best, Craft Beer Makers in the U.S.
+ show more


× Trending opinion Article