Connecticut is making headlines today with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s signing of what is likely the toughest gun control law in the nation. But elsewhere in the nation, officials continue to move the other way, passing legislation that broadens gun rights, from easing restrictions on obtaining gun permits to expanding the areas where guns are allowed.
A month ago we published an online map showing the split between states that primarily were pursuing gun-control legislation (shown below in blue) and those that were primarily considering gun-rights laws (shown in red). The handful of states considering a mix of laws are shaded yellow.
A story last Sunday explored the legislative divide over gun proposals. And now, with Connecticut’s action, we’ve made our latest update to the map, which clearly tilts red. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have passed or are primarily considering tighter gun control, while in 26 states, legislators generally introduced new gun-rights laws.
Legislatures also have been quicker to pass gun-rights legislation. Among states where laws have been enacted (shown below in darker red and blue), 11 have expanded gun rights while three, including Connecticut, have tightened restrictions on guns.
Click the image below for a larger interactive map providing details of gun legislation in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.