States Enter Post-Newtown Debate on Guns, Some Look to Nullification

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)

PSN rounded up recent movement on state gun proposals following President Obama's announcement of support for the most wide-ranging federal action on gun violence prevention in decades:

New York State became the first state to act post-Newtown by swiftly introducing, debating, and passing the "NY SAFE Act. [Huffington Post]

In Connecticut, a bipartisan legislative committee considering new laws in the wake of the Newtown shootings held their first meeting. [CT News Junkie]

Other states looking to advance gun violence prevention laws early in new legislative sessions include California, Illinois, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Colorado. [PSN]

A Virginia legislative subcommittee is considering a proposal to require schoolteachers and/or staff to be armed with weapons. [AP]

Some Mississippi legislators apparently upset with being a part of the United States are considering creating a "Joint Legislative Committee on the Neutralization of Federal Law." [Talking Points Memo]

Nullification bills are being pushed in Michigan, Oklahoma, and elsewhere. [ThinkProgress]

The New York Times published a strong editorial on why state gun laws matter, noting a study showing that "of the 10 states with the most restrictive laws, seven also have the lowest gun death rates." [New York Times]

Recent shootings also have some states rethinking the deep cuts they have made to mental health in recent years. [AP]

A great interactive on gun laws in the US, state by state. [The Guardian]


Read the full Dispatch from January 26, 2013 here.