Some gains have been made for lawyers, including a delayed ban on online sales of gun kits and $ 5 billion in new violence prevention funding that was included in social spending passed by the House of Representatives hours before the verdict was announced. But Republicans in Congress have blocked attempts to expand federal gun buyer data checks and restrict the sale of semi-automatic weapons or even appoint a permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
All of this has limited the White House to a number of administrative measures, including new regulations on ghost weapons and accessories called stabilizing braces that can effectively turn a pistol into a short-barreled rifle; regulatory changes can cause legal problems. A ban on assault weapons like the one worn by Mr. Rittenhouse expired in 2004 and Republicans blocked its renewal.
In the wake of Rittenhow’s verdict, gun control supporters face yet another, far more significant setback, when a conservative majority in the Supreme Court can overturn or severely weaken New York State law that imposes strict restrictions on the carrying of weapons outside the territory. House.
“We are really disappointed with the outcome of the trial, and we are really concerned about its consequences for the case before the court, because they both are dealing with the same question – whether people have the right to carry loaded weapons in public,” said T. Christian Hein. a survivor of gun violence who is currently a senior official for the Brady Campaign, one of the nation’s largest gun safety organizations.
In general, gun laws have become more liberal – open carrying of weapons is permitted to varying degrees in many states. Most Americans support stricter gun laws, but a Gallup poll last year found support for the gun rule, which surged following the 2018 mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has weakened during the coronavirus pandemic and the coronavirus epidemic. spike in violent crime. Other polls showed continued strong support.