Essay on The Gun Free School Zone Act

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The Gun Free School Zone Act was enacted in 1990, which outlawed the possession of firearms on school grounds and made it a criminal act to carry unloaded firearms within 1000 feet of school grounds. The assassination attempt in 1982 of President Ronald Reagan brought about The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993. The Brady Act provided for a 5 day waiting period when purchasing a handgun. “The implementation of Brady has raised some constitutional challenges as of this writing, several state and local officials(25) initiated lawsuits challenging Brady, contending that the act violates the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reserves to the states powers not delegated to the federal government.”
(DeFrancis and Smith 4)
The Brady act has implemented the national criminal background information system, however, federal court judges rule differently when presented with challenges in court. In 1991, the Omnibus Crime Control Act prohibited the manufacture and sale of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines, and the sale of large capacity ammunition magazines to non-military or police. Those semi-automatic weapons manufactured prior to 1994 were exempt from the law. As part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Congress passed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, in which semi-automatic weapons were prohibited from being manufactured for civilian use. The Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004 and has not been…

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