Essay on Gun Control Of The United States

1012 Words Jan 17th, 2016 null Page
Gun control has been a hot topic in the United States since the time Roosevelt was in office. Starting with Roosevelt where there were only two federal statutes, and going to the Clinton era and having two decades worth of policy and laws on firearms, firearm laws have changed drastically. But with Congress stepping in and getting help from state legislature, all the goals of having a gun safe world is being destroyed and being limited to three realistic goals such as reducing possession by high-risk people, restricting access from certain people, and using guns to stop top level offenders. Federal level firearm policy hasn’t really changed since the Brady Law and assault weapon restrictions in 1993. But none of these laws have changed the federal policy on possession of firearms. On the other hand, state and local level has seen a lot of change on firearm policy. Vizzard states that “In 1976, Washington, D.C. enacted the strictest handgun law in the country, essentially banning the private ownership of handguns and imposing restrictions on the possession and storage of long guns” (884). Another government branch that has implemented a lot of change on gun laws is the court system. Vizzard states “In District of Columbia v. Heller, the court invalidated the District of Columbia’s virtual ban on handgun possession and held that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to possess firearms” (886). Firearm laws have been in a range from very strict to very lenient.…

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