New gun law in Texas allows people to carry handguns with no permit

  • Beginning on September 1, eligible Texas citizens will be able to carry handguns in public without being required to carry a permit or going through training
  • Currently, Texans are mostly required to be licensed to carry handguns, regardless of whether they are open or concealed
  • To get a license, applicants must submit fingerprints, complete four to six hours of training, and pass a written exam and shooting proficiency test

Shocker: Gun control in Quebec, Canada does nothing to stop gun violence 

  • On August 2, Montreal, Quebec saw a triple homicide and two more fatal shootings within the same week which has led to more criticism of the Canadian government’s proposed legislation on gun control 
  • For their gun legislation, Bill C-21 would introduce a voluntary buyback program for blacklisted firearms, including “assault-style firearms”, increase criminal penalties for gun smuggling and trafficking and allow municipalities to ban handguns

New York lawmakers announce bill that cold allow bail for gun crimes

  • On August 18, Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced new legislation that will allow judges to set bail for anyone charged with illegal sale, possession, or use of a firearm
  • This new legislation will expand on changes made in 2020 to the 2019 bail reform measures passed by the New York Legislature 

New Mexico Lawmakers push for stronger gun-control after recent school shooting

  • After a shooting at Washington Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which killed one student, Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez is set to introduce new gun control bills and advocate for more gun-control legislation
  • This initial bill will focus on preventative education and consequences for improper storage of firearms and if passed it will mandate the addition of child access prevention components to the gun safety curriculum – to gun rights advocates, it seems like more of the same with little to no effect.

Albemarle County, Virginia votes to pass gun ban

  • On August 18, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted on banning firearms, components, and ammunition in certain public places 
  • Ordinance No. 21-10 includes the gun ban in county-owned buildings, recreation or community centers, and parks
  • Citizens may also find legal trouble if they accidentally enter one of these gun-free zones with anything relating to components or ammunition for a firearm