- The Washington Times - Friday, December 5, 2014

The gun control group co-founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is gearing up for a “significant” legislative push in more than a dozen states, according to USA Today.

In Nevada, Everytown for Gun Safety is trying to get enough signatures for a ballot initiative in 2016 that would tighten gun-purchase background checks for private sellers after a successful effort on that front at the ballot box in Washington state this year.

It’s weighing similar initiatives in Arizona and Maine, the paper reported, and is also looking to other states for measures to prevent domestic abusers from getting guns and giving family members the power to seek court orders to temporarily take guns away from people they fear might commit gun violence.

The latter comes after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a so-called “gun-violence restraining order” law this fall flowing a shooting incident at the University of California at Santa Barbara earlier this year.

Officials told the paper the group is still assessing the landscape, but that it could end up participating in legislative fights in as many as 20 states.

After a measure to expand gun-purchase background checks stalled in the U.S. Senate last year, gun control groups have turned more toward the state and local levels to try for legislative successes, surmising that they stand a better chance putting the issue more directly to voters, rather than lawmakers at the federal level.

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