Handguns

9 Years of Mass Shootings: How Did Congress Respond?
The last gun control measure enacted was in 2007

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer hugs Sharon Risher, whose mother and two cousins were killed in the 2015 Charleston, S.C., shooting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The last federal gun control measure was enacted in 2007 following the Virginia Tech massacre that spring.

CQ Roll Call combed its archives and chronicled Congress’ response to high-profile mass shootings in the nine years since. We also looked at the number of gun control or gun-focused bills and amendments considered — but rarely passed — by Washington lawmakers in response. 

D.C. Concealed Carry Policy "Unconstitutional Burden"
Judge blocks district from requiring "good reason" to obtain license

A D.C. requirement to show "good reason" for a concealed carry permit has been blocked by a federal judge. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

A federal judge has stopped Washington, D.C., from enforcing a requirement that concealed carry applicants show "good reason" to obtain a license.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon's preliminary injunction on Tuesday is the latest development in a court fight that began several years ago.  The case, Palmer v. District of Columbia, was filed in 2014, challenging the District's law which required gun owners to demonstrate a "good" or "proper" reason to obtain a concealed carry permit. 

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