Taking good, small steps on gun control

Taking good, small steps on gun control

Leaders of New York’s state Senate used parliamentary process to keep away from a vote on a number of gun measures Wednesday, however sense was breaking out elsewhere — even in Florida.

First, retail chain Dick’s Sporting Items introduced it is going to cease promoting any weapons to these beneath 21 and prolonged its ban on promoting assault-style rifles, which it adopted at most shops again in 2012, to the 35 Subject and Stream shops it additionally owns.

“We don’t need to be part of this story any longer,” CEO Edward Stack stated of studying that Nikolas Cruz, 19, purchased a gun at a Dick’s outlet earlier than his Feb. 14 bloodbath (though not the gun Cruz really used). He stated he helps the Second Modification, however lawmakers should “enact commonsense gun reform.”

Walmart and Kroger additionally embraced the 21-year-old rule.

In the meantime, Florida’s Legislature is shifting to make good on Gov. Rick Scott’s name to boost the state gun-purchase age to 21: A state Home committee has handed a invoice to boost the gun-sale age restrict and require a three-day ready interval for a purchase order.

Sure, the invoice additionally makes noises about arming lecturers — however, as Democratic member Jared Moskowitz put it, “the NRA opposes it, and I can’t vote with the NRA.”

In the meantime, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an govt order aiming to permit “crimson flag” restraining orders so relations can get judges to stop a troubled liked one from buying firearms.

A transfer to OK such orders (aka gun violence restraining orders) in New York was one of many measures blocked Wed­nesday.

However don’t quit hope: GOP gubernatorial candidate John DeFrancisco can be speaking up the reform — and he’s No. 2 within the Senate.