NPR: Assault rifle bans find life on state level (AUDIO)

After the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Congress stalled on passing gun control laws. Any efforts to curb ownership of assault-type rifles, like the AR-15 used in Newtown or the SIG Sauer MCX reportedly used last weekend in Orlando, also failed.

But that didn’t prevent some states from taking action.

Less than a month after the Sandy Hook shooting, New York’s legislature passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, which banned the sale of new or used AR-15s, as well as other rifles with military-style features, including high-capacity magazines.

“People constantly say, oh, nothing’s ever changed, we’re at a complete stalemate on guns . And if you only look at Congress, that’s right,” says Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA.

[ NPR ]