New Zealand Bans Military-Style Weapons

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons, all high-capacity ammunition magazines and all parts that allow weapons to be modified into the kinds of guns used to kill 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/world/asia/new-zealand-semiautomatic-ban-ardern-.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

 

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4.6 Million Kids In Homes with Loaded and Unlocked Firearms

A survey by the Journal of Urban Health finds that an estimated 4.6 million kids live in a home with at least one loaded and unlocked firearm.  A couple of findings to think about:  ". . . female gun owners in homes with children are more likely than male gun owners in homes with children to store at least one gun loaded and unlocked."  and "Households in which any gun is owned for protection are significantly more likely to contain a loaded and unlocked gun than are homes in which no guns are owned for protection, as are households with at least one handgun, compared to those with no handguns."

This does not have to be - there are a wide variety of reasonably priced quick access handgun safes available at any major sporting goods retailer for those who feel they must have this option. 

https://www.thetrace.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Firearm-Storage-in-Households-with-Children_JUH.pdf

 

 

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House Votes to Extend the Background Check Completion Window

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to lengthen the window to complete a background check to ten business days.  The bill is designed to close "the Charleston Loophole" where the murderer was able to purchase firearms when a federal background check failed to find a prior conviction within the current three day window allowed for completion of the check.  Five African-American parishioners were murdered in their Charleston, S.C. church in 2015.  The bill now goes to the Senate.  GOFRO supports this approach to strengthen the background check system. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-votes-to-lengthen-background-check-window-for-gun-transfers-as-lawmakers-speak-about-their-experiences-with-domestic-abuse/2019/02/28/05090338-3b7c-11e9-a06c-3ec8ed509d15_story.html?utm_term=.7b0b467254b9 

 

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House Passes Universal Background Checks Legislation

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Bipartisan Background Checks Act" which requires a background check on all sales/transfers of firearms including at gun shows and internet sales.  There are exceptions for family members and temporary transfers during hunting or at shooting ranges.  GOFRO has long supported universal background checks at the State and National levels.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/us/politics/gun-control-bill.html?action=click&module=Latest&pgtype=Homepage

Here is a link to the actual bill - HR 8

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU00/20190213/108912/BILLS-116HR8ih-BipartisanBackgroundChecksActof2019.pdf

 

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U.S House Set to Vote On Universal Background Check Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is moving to schedule a vote soon on legislation to expand background check requirements to all firearm sales, including private sales at gun shows and on the internet.  There are exceptions for family members and temporary transfers for hunting.  Companion legislation will close the "Charleston Loophole".  GOFRO has long supported universal background check requirements at the federal and state levels.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/430994-house-to-vote-on-gun-control-bills-next-week

 

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Teen Journalists Tell the Stories - 1,200 American Kids Killed Since Parkland

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GOFRO Participating in University of Michigan Gun Violence Research

The University of Michigan is leading a national research effort to study gun violence prevention among children and teens.  We at GOFRO have always supported increased research into the causes of gun violence and we are pleased to be part of the Advisory Team for this important project as it goes forward.

https://www.michigandaily.com/section/research/university-researchers-lead-national-effort-study-gun-violence-prevention-among

The study is known as Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens Consortium (FACTS).  FACTS has a website to share research, videos, courses, fact sheets and other resources 

https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/facts/index.html

 

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New Washington Law Sets Minimum Age of 21 for Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle Purchase

Portions of Washington Initiative 1639 dealing with age requirements for purchase of "semi-automatic assault weapons" take effect January 1.  This is the same requirement as existing law for pistol purchases in Washington.  New requirements dealing with background checks and safe storage requirements take effect July 1.

https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2019/01/new-washington-law-sets-age-limit-of-21-for-purchase-of-assault-rifles.html

The definition of "semi-automatic assault weapons" is as follows:  

(25) "Semiautomatic assault rifle" means any rifle which
utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract
the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which
requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.
"Semiautomatic assault rifle" does not include antique firearms,
any firearm that has been made permanently inoperable, or any
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firearm that is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide
action.

Here is the text of the initiative as passed by 60% in November, 2018:

https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/finaltext_1531.pdf

 

 

 

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Oregon Lawmakers to Introduce Safe Storage Bill in 2019 Legislature

The Cindy Yuille and Steve Forsyth Act will be introduced in the 2019 Oregon Legislature.  The bill will require safe and secure storage of firearms when not in use.

https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2018/12/oregon-lawmakers-plan-to-introduce-gun-storage-bill-in-2019.html

Below is a summary of the proposed legislation:

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Washington State Gun Safety Ballot Measure Passes

Washington State voters passed a ballot measure to require safe, secure firearm storage and to increase regulation of semi-automatic rifles.  The measure passed with over 60% of the vote.  Below is a link to a Seattle Times article and a link to the actual language of the measure from the Secretary of State's office.  And also a CBS News article.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/gun-regulations-initiative-1639-takes-lead-in-washington-state/

https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/finaltext_1531.pdf

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/washington-voters-approve-tough-gun-control-measures/

 

 

 

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