An occasional update on the candidates, lawmakers and the legislation LEAP Forward is tracking.
Thank you to the LEAPers who participated in Town Halls for Our Lives over the weekend. If you attended, please send your photos to me and I'll include you in a future post.
The (Columbus, IN) Republic published a candidate Q&A with LEAPer Lane Siekman (IN-06) last week that touched on partisanship and DACA. They also have a detailed view of the race that expands the candidates' positions on, among other things, firearm regulation:
Siekman said he supports universal background checks and an updated national database.
“We also need to outlaw bump stocks and allow the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to study gun violence in America. Finally, we need to look at limiting civilian access to military style weapons built for the battlefield,” Siekman said.
Louisiana Democrats deserve a lot of credit for continuing to author legislation to address the gun violence epidemic in their state. Solidly under Republican control, Louisiana ranks 43rd according to the Giffords Gun Law Scorecard and third in gun related deaths. Legislation to ban bump stocks and other "rapid fire" devices in the state has been introduced by Sen. Troy Carter (D) and is expected to be taken up by the Senate Judiciary B Committee as early as April 10. Banning bump stocks has the backing of a clear majority of Americans, and LEAP Forward will be grading this legislation and are urging support.
Two pieces of graded legislation are headed before committee this week. H. 7075 and H. 7688 will both be heard by the Judiciary Committee and LEAP Forward will be scoring support for both pieces of legislation.
H. 7075 is a statewide bump stock ban which bans the device, along with "any device, part, accessory or attachment designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic" weapon.
H. 7688 says that "persons subject to extreme risk protection orders for being an imminent danger of causing personal injury shall surrender all firearms. This is termed a "red flag" bill, and a March Quinnipiac poll showed such laws are among the most popular ways to address gun violence, with less than 10% of the public opposed to such legislation.
The NRA is whipping opposition to both bills.