Florida

The flurry of new state gun laws after Parkland

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., exactly one year ago has prompted the passage of 67 new gun control measures in 26 states across the country, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The big picture: Thursday marks the anniversary of America's deadliest high school mass shooting. While the Trump administration fulfilled its longtime pledge to ban bump stocks in December, Congress has not passed any significant national gun control legislation in the last year. But the shootings' aftermath has turned young survivors into activists, mobilized grassroots gun reform groups and spurned plenty of movement at the state level.

Key West bans sunscreens that harm coral reefs

A school of snapper in the Florida Keys.
The Florida Keys. Photo by Getty Images

City officials in Key West voted this week to prohibit the sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, two chemicals scientists say are harmful to the coral reef ecosystem, beginning on Jan. 2, 2021.

Why it matters: Supporters of the measure are calling it an important step to protect the Florida Keys, the largest and only living coral barrier reef in the continental U.S., and the third-largest barrier reef system in the world. However, opponents — including some dermatologists and trade groups — are calling for more research, arguing that banning the sale of some sunscreens could lead to a spike in skin cancer rates, the New York Times reports. Last year, Hawaii became the first state to ban the sale and distribution of similar sunscreens, also slated to take effect in 2021.

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