Essay on Gun Control And The National Firearms Act Of 1934

1123 Words Dec 16th, 2015 5 Pages
In the United States the right to own a firearm is listed in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (U.S. Constitution. Amend. II). Gun control legislation is both a federal and a state issue. There are some federal laws that still impact gun control today. One of the federal laws that have laid the groundwork for firearm legislation is the National Firearms Act of 1934, this law was passed “as a response to a perceived increase in the misuse of firearms associated with organized crimes” (Ludwig 350). This law focuses only on certain types of firearms, such as “sawed-off shotguns and machines guns”, and this law made it so that sawed-off shotguns and machine guns “must be registered and a transfer tax [is] to be paid upon their sale” (Ludwig 350). Another piece of federal legislation that is incredibly relevant today is the Gun Control Act of 1968. This act “requires firearm dealers and manufacturers to be licensed”; it also “prohibits gun purchase or possession by certain categories of persons” (Ludwig 350). According to this law the people who are not able to purchase or possess firearms are “convicted felons or fugitives from justice” (Ludwig 350). The Gun Control Act of 1968 also makes it so that people under the age of 21 are not permitted to purchase a handgun, you must be 18 to…

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