The Issue Of Gun Control Essays

1223 Words Dec 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Gun control can be defined as, “any action taken by the federal government or by state or local governments to regulate, through legislation, the sale, purchase, safety, and use of handguns and other types of firearms by individual citizens” (Lee). America has internally debated the issue of gun control for over a century. It continues to be an important and pressing issue today in the United States. There are no set standards for gun control. Each state varies in its laws. For example, in Missouri, the chief technical officer of the Osage County Guns says that, “buying a handgun is practically a cakewalk... customers can walk into the store and walk out with a gun if they pass the FBI’s instant background check” (Rosen). He went on to say, “If a person knew exactly what they wanted, in theory, they could complete the transaction in about fifteen minutes” (Rosen). However, in Connecticut it is not that simple. The process to buy a gun in Connecticut begins with an eight-hour safety course. After that, a person must pick up an application at the local police station that includes a background check and fingerprinting. The review of the application can take up to eight weeks. If the application gets approved, the state then issues a temporary permit which will be traded in at the state police headquarter’s for a permanent license. Finally, the person can then return to the store to purchase the gun (Rosen). The gun control laws in Missouri and Connecticut have…

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