Police in Florida, where a pending bill will forbid doctors from asking patients if they have guns in their homes, are investigating the case of a five-year-old who dropped a loaded .22-caliber handgun in his pre-K class. The kid, who said he found the gun in his stepfather's car, is "both a suspect in this thing, but also a victim," police said.
Meanwhile, a host of pending state laws would allow more guns with less scrutiny in more places – including schools and day care centers. In Minnesota, a state House panel has voted to repeal the state's gun permit requirement, so that local law
enforcement officials would no longer conduct background checks but rely on a national database.
Wyoming residents could carry concealed
guns without state permits under a bill that has received preliminary
approval in the state Senate. Wyoming would thus join Alaska,
Arizona and Vermont as states that don't require citizens to have
permits to carry concealed weapons.
A Nebraska lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow teachers and other school employees to carry guns at school. And a Michigan state senator who believes
"there are no places that should be gun-free" has introduced a bill scrapping "no-carry zones," thus allowing residents to carry a firearm essentially anywhere – schools, day care centers, sports arenas, hospitals, college campuses, bars and restaurants, places of worship.
Responding to criticism that his State of the Union speech failed to address gun control, Obama has said it might in fact be time to look at the issue. You think?