Gun Control Legislation

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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 …show more content…
In addition to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, in 1994 the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act became effective (Ludwig 351). The first section of this Act modified the minimum age that a person must be in order to purchase or possess a handgun, this was effective for handguns bought by both Federal Firearms Licensees, in addition to private sales. In addition to the modifications in handgun law this Act also, “banned manufacture, transfer, or possession of certain semiautomatic assault weapons that were not lawfully owned before September 13, 1994 (Ludwig 352). This Act defined assault weapon by “[referencing]…a list of banned guns, or by whether the gun contained a combination of certain design features” (Ludwig

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