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NYT: Two Thirds of 2013 State Gun Laws Decreased Gun Control

NYT: Two Thirds of 2013 State Gun Laws Decreased Gun Control

While the gun control push by governors and legislatures in states like New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Colorado, and  California received the bulk of media coverage in the last year, the reality is that two thirds of the laws passed by states in 2013 were aimed at decreasing–rather than increasing–gun control.

According to The New York Times, there were approximately 1,500 gun laws introduced into legislatures across the country in 2013. Of these, 109 became law. Of the 109 that became law, 39 increased gun control while 70 decreased it. 

NYT shows that 39 gun control laws were passed in legislatures controlled by Democrats, and 70 pro-gun laws were passed in legislatures controlled by Republicans or in a mixed legislature where Republicans slightly outnumbered Democrats. 

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