Gun Rights Attacked

2nd Amendment

( – Unfortunately, the enemies of Americans’ Second Amendment rights have reasons to celebrate in 2024 as the start of the new year has seen more anti-gun laws entering into force in different states, even as many of these are facing powerful legal challenges.

The onset of 2024 brought with it a wave of new gun control legislation across several states, ranging from measures targeting red-flag situations to regulations on ghost guns and prohibitions on semiautomatic assault weapons, according to a report by Newsnation.

In California, a significant law concerning concealed carry went into effect on January 1, despite ongoing legal disputes.

This law, signed by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, prohibits carrying a concealed weapon in various public spaces such as churches, parks, public transportation, and museums.

Private businesses that post signs permitting concealed carry are exempt.

The law, applicable even to those with a concealed weapons permit who meet stringent requirements, was initially blocked by a lower court.

However, an appeals court removed the injunction, allowing the law to be enforced while the appeal progresses.

Illinois witnessed the implementation of a semiautomatic assault weapons ban.

The Supreme Court declined to intervene in this legislation, which specifically outlaws AK-type and AR-15-type weapons, along with .50 caliber guns.

Gun owners with pre-existing, now-banned weapons had until January 1, 2024, to register them.

Despite the Supreme Court’s stance, some Illinois sheriffs have expressed opposition to the law and reluctance to enforce it, casting uncertainty on its future impact.

In Washington, a new law extends the 10-day waiting period for firearm purchases to all firearms, not just pistols and semiautomatic weapons.

Colorado’s recent legislation focuses on ghost guns, which are typically untraceable due to a lack of serial numbers and often assembled from kits or made with 3D printers. Pro-gun groups in Colorado are challenging this law.

Minnesota has enacted a red-flag law, effective January 1 allowing courts to remove firearms from individuals deemed at risk of harming themselves or others.

Michigan is set to implement its red-flag law in February 2024, alongside three other gun safety laws.

These include mandatory firearm storage around minors, tax exemptions for safety devices, and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers.

The red-flag law empowers judges to issue orders for gun removal from individuals posing a threat to themselves or others.

Additionally, the state will prevent those convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.