Gun control supporters are gaining, says Dan Gross, former president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. He mentions expanded background checks for guy buyers in several states and the failure of Congress to pass the “big prize” of allowing people with permits to carry guns in one state the right to do so nationwide.
Some U.S. leaders who were beholden to the “corporate gun lobby” are changing their point of view, Dan Gross of the Center to Prevent Youth Violence, former president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, tells NPR switch their point of view. Laws that the gun lobby was assuming would be passed after President Trump was elected haven’t gone anywhere, particularly one giving anyone who has a permit to carry a gun in one state the right to carry that gun in another state. Gross says, “It’s incredibly dangerous. It’s the big prize that the gun lobbies thought they were going to get.”
On the state level, since the massacre of students in Newtown, Ct., in 2012, Nevada voters expanded background checks to all gun sales. In California, a series of laws passed that included expanding background checks to include ammunition. Washington state created the opportunity to take guns away from domestic abusers. Gross concludes that “there has continued to be state-by-state progress versus the progress that the corporate gun lobby has made to weaken the restrictions that do that … we’ve continued to shift the balance.”