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BC-US--Guns-State Legislatures,ADVISORY, US

September 25, 2018

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Just months after the Las Vegas strip massacre, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, came yet another school tragedy. The Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida prompted a wave of student and parent activism not seen after previous gun massacres. It succeeded in Florida, which passed a wide-ranging package of gun-control laws. Did it make a difference elsewhere?

A state-by-state examination by The Associated Press found that no other Republican-led state came close to Florida in passing gun-control measures this year. Some did enact laws banning bump stocks, the device used in last year’s Las Vegas shooting, or allowing police to temporarily seize guns from individuals showing signs of violence. But no other state dominated by Republicans took as comprehensive an approach as Florida.

Many states responded by expanding gun rights. A thorough review of gun legislation at the end of this year’s legislative sessions reveals that, to a large extent, the familiar political gridlock on the issue prevailed in many states. Several took no action at all related to firearms.



The AP has a story package with state data for customer localizations moving for use Wednesday and thereafter.

The data aggregates the firearms-related legislation passed in 39 states this year. It is embargoed for online publication until Wednesday and is intended for print publication on or after that day. The data may be used for reporting immediately.



The data set provides details about each state bill passed this year, including whether it was enacted into law and a description of what it does. Customers enrolled AP’s data.world platform have received an email advisory providing the data link.

If your news organization is not yet licensed to access AP data distributions, please contact apdigitalsales@ap.org for enrollment details. If you are enrolled but are having trouble accessing the data, please log in to data.world and click on the red dot in the upper right corner to accept AP’s member invitation.



The following story and sidebars moved in advance on Monday for use in print editions of Wednesday and thereafter. They will go live for online use at 3:01 a.m. Eastern/12:01 a.m. Pacific.

The legislative package will be followed by a series of stories marking the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas massacre.


The shooting that killed 17 people earlier this year at a high school in Parkland, Florida, which followed by just months the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, prompted a wave of student activism that raised the hopes of gun-control advocates across the country. While Florida’s legislature and governor responded with a far-reaching package of gun laws, an Associated Press review shows those actions were an outlier among Republican-leaning states. A handful of GOP governors did sign bills banning bump stocks, like the one used in the Las Vegas attack, or allowing police to temporarily seize guns from individuals showing signs of mental instability or violence. But an AP analysis of all gun legislation passed this year in state legislatures finds the back-to-back shooting tragedies were not the legislative turning point gun-control supporters had hoped they would be. By Ryan J. Foley. 1,800 words. Photos. With AP data distribution. An abridged version also is moving.


— BC-US--Guns-Bump Stocks, a chunky text-style sidebar about what has happened related to bump stocks — and what hasn’t — since the Las Vegas strip shooting. By Lisa Marie Pane. 430 words.

— BC-US--Guns-Bump Stocks-Glance, a list detailing notable events in the U.S. involving bump stocks. 240 words.



For questions about the package, contact Tom Verdin, AP’s State Government Team editor, at taverdin@ap.org. For questions about the data set, contact AP Data Team Editor Meghan Hoyer at mhoyer@ap.org.

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