Gun Violence: Are We Moving Beyond Thoughts and Prayers? By Holly Testa | Download the PDF Recent events give us hope that the answer is yes, even in the face of an unresponsive Senate. In the last few months we have seen significant developments: In the absence of viable federal legislation, state lawmakers have been taking action, with numerous states enacting new gun laws that strengthen background checks, increase age requirements and restrict magazine size and accessories that enhance rapid firing capability. New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy asked banks doing business in the state to disclose relationships with gun manufacturers and sellers. The U.S. House passed a bill that represents the first substantive attempt to enhance federal firearms regulation since 1994. Walmart terminated hand gun and short barrel rifle ammunition sales after a mass shooting killing 20 in one of their own stores. CEO Doug McMillon publicly asked for public policy action. 145 CEOs signed a letter asking the Senate to pass legislation mandating background checks for all firearms sales and to enact a strong red flag law.