Florida's Senate passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act Monday, which would raise the age to purchase a firearm to 21.
The bill would enforce a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases and ban the sale and possession of bump stocks. It will now go to the House for a vote and possible amendments.
N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, said he doesn’t believe new gun safety laws will come out of North Carolina any time soon.
“I think that for right now, we’re not likely to see any significant changes because the Republican majority has pushed the loosening of gun laws about as much as they can,” Meyer said.
Becky Ceartas, the executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, said the level of national response to Parkland encourages her that change is possible.
“Since Parkland I think that a lot of people who have been in support of common sense gun reform are now speaking out for it,” Ceartas said.
Meyer said he has heard more from North Carolinians about gun reform recently.
“It’s something that my constituents are bringing up on an almost daily basis,” Meyer said.
For 2017, North Carolina received a D- on the gun law scorecard created by Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which compares the strength of state gun laws with rates of gun death and injury.