Nevada Makes a Move Against Assault Weapons

State to divest from manufacturers; meanwhile, mass shootings claim 13 lives over weekend
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2022 9:03 AM CDT
Nevada Makes a Move Against Assault Weapons
Philadelphia police officers look over evidence at the scene of a shooting in Philadelphia, Sunday, June 5, 2022. It was one of several mass shootings over the weekend.   (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

The issue of gun safety remains in the headlines after at least nine mass shootings in the US over the weekend left 13 people dead and more than 50 injured. Axios rounds up details on seven shootings in Philadelphia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mesa, Arizona; Summerton, South Carolina; Phoenix; Macon, Georgia, and West Texas. The outlet's list doesn't include a deadly shooting at a graduation party near Richmond, Virginia. And CNN has another in Omaha, Nebraska. Related:

  • Nevada: The state's Democratic treasurer says Nevada will divest itself from manufacturers of assault weapons, reports the Reno Gazette Journal. "Investments are fundamentally a plan for the future, and it's time Nevada started investing in a better future where our children aren't slaughtered in classrooms," says Zach Conine. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York City are among the municipalities that already have done so. The move will impact less than 1% of the state's $49 billion portfolio.

  • In the Senate: Progress continues on some sort of gun safety reform, reports the Washington Post. Any legislation would likely fall short of what President Biden wants, including a renewal of the federal assault weapons ban, but lesser measures including red-flag laws (to prevent high-risk people from buying weapons) are being discussed. "It feels to me like we are closer than we’ve been since I’ve been in the Senate," says the GOP's Patrick Toomey, who helped attempt to put more robust background checks into place after the Sandy Hook massacre. That measure failed in 2013.
(More gun safety stories.)

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