Gun Control : Government Regulation And Sale Of Firearms Essay

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Gun control: government regulation and sale of firearms. So when were guns made legal? Citizens of the United States are able to bear arms because of the the second amendment. The second amendment was ratified in December 1791. This amendment states “ A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” So when did the debate and use of gun control start? It may have began when the President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 22, 1963. This event increased the public 's awareness about the almost non-existent gun laws and sale of handguns, rifles, shotguns and ammunition. There have been many important events revolving around gun control in the last two hundred years. One of the first events that happened after the second amendment was ratified was in 1837. Georgia created a law banning all handguns. this law was ruled unconstitutional and became null and void. This event is significant because this was the first instance that the government was violating the second amendment. The next event happened in 1871, this is when the National Rifle Association or NRA. This event is significant because the NRA is by far the United States’ biggest pro-gun organization. The NRA plays a huge role in lobbying for pro-gun laws. In 1938 the Federal Firearms Act made people selling firearms get a Federal Firearms License and had to be kept on record. In 1968 the Gun Control Act of 1968…

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