Grassroots: 2021 Year in Review Pt2

By Tanya Metaksa. Jan 4, 2022

States that carryover legislation from 2021 to 2022

Alaska, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia (House only)

In 2021 all state legislatures were in session although many of them were virtual sessions during some portion of the year. Yet, compared to 2020 the passage of legislation was almost back to normal.

Since most of the states hold legislative elections in even number years, about half of the states allow legislation that is introduced in the first year of the election cycle (an odd numbered year) to carry over into the second year of the election cycle. Those states are listed above. Thus you may not see them listed here as bills are still being considered. Otherwise here are the 2021 winners, losers and several in-between.


Arizona: In May Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB1382, a state version of the federal PLCAA bill. Ducey tweeted "We're not going to allow lawsuit after lawsuit to slowly tear down the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in our state. SB 1382 achieve this goal."

Arkansas: SB573, expanding where a citizen with a Right-to-Carry may possess a firearm and stopping the passage of gun free laws by municipalities, was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in April. … .....

Very much a mixed bag but "Winners" overall were encouraging. Most of the "Losers" are decidedly concerning but, the fight goes on and uncertainty over pending attempts to further erode the 2A remain in the realm of conjecture and debate.


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