Gun laws in America are not the same across the board. Each state has their own legislation that approaches this issue in different ways predicated by their unique communities as a whole. The following source shows the laws in each state. In observing the graph below by TIME it’s surprising to note that Wyoming has the highest percentage of households that own a gun compared to Texas whose citizens are stereotyped as having guns in their homes, cars, and strapped to their bodies (Bever, 2013). This graph, however, is limited to using reports of licensed gun owners for its information. It cannot accurately account for guns that are passed between family members, and other forms of transactions, that don’t require registration with an official government organization, such as the Law Enforcement, as is required in states like California, Connecticut, and D.C., to name a few.
The Frontline graph below shows state by state status of gun bills after Newtown. In Ms. Childress’s article she quotes Laura Cutilletta, a senior staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “There are definitely more bills that have been introduced that would strengthen gun laws, but what have been moving so far are gun lobby bills,” (Childress, 2013).
It’s interesting to note a study done by Pew Research that shows, yes, support for gun control increased to the point of surpassing gun rights for the first time since Obama became President however, just five short months after Newtown, the support for gun control dropped back to an almost even split (Pew Research Center, 2013).
In summary, gun laws continue to evolve state by state, as well as a nation. The studies show that, dependent on events that take place in America, lawmakers and organizations exploit them to push forward their agendas.
Click here to find an interactive wheel by The Guardian that goes into detail regarding laws by state.