The major tests US gun control activists face in 2024

People carry signs at a March for Our Lives rally in Culver City, California. Photograph: Citizens of the Planet/UCG/Universal Images Group/Getty Images Gun safety groups say they remain undaunted as they plan to push for more change – but they will still face steep hurdles in a crucial election year The grim statistics around mass shootings underscore a haunting reality for the US: despite recent legislative efforts at the state and federal levels, gun violence remains alarmingly common across the country. But gun safety groups say they remain undaunted in 2024, when they plan to push for more change through state legislatures and executive actions. And as voters turn their attention to a crucial election year, gun safety groups are also prepared to press candidates on their plans to curb gun violence. The simple statistics demonstrate what a weighty task it is. In December, a gunman carried out a shooting spree across two communities in central Texas, killing six people. The attack was the 39th mass shooting in the US last year, marking a new single-year record for the country. The previous record of 36 mass shootings had been set just one year prior. Gun reform groups will still face steep hurdles as they attempt to reduce the carnage. Republicans, who now control the House of Representatives, have shown little appetite for passing another federal gun safety bill, following the enactment of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in 2022. The supreme court’s conservative majority has similarly embraced a rather expansive definition of second amendment rights, jeopardizing gun safety laws passed at the state and federal level. For gun safety groups, the first significant test of 2024 will come in June, when the supreme court is expected to decide its next major second amendment case. United States v Rahimi The […]

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