Gun control laws refer to policies which regulate the possession and purchase of firearms and this includes the types of guns that may be owned, waiting periods required for purchase as well as the classification of individuals who are prohibited from owning firearms.
The right to bear arms is protected by the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws allow individuals to purchase and possess guns or firearms.
However, there are also different federal and state laws which regulate the possession and use of guns and gun owners, dealers and collectors are required to follow these laws if they wish to possess a gun or run a business selling guns.
There are some common aspects to gun control laws such as:
Federal laws which regulate gun ownership to some degree include the National Firearms Act (NFA) and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.
The NFA places restrictions on the sale or possession of short-barreled shotguns, machine guns and silencers. If someone wishes to purchases a firearm or device which is regulated by the NFA, they must take the following steps:
Some states such as New York and California have prohibited the ownership of firearms and devices governed by the NFA. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act prohibits guns for personal or business use if any of the following applies:
Gun laws vary considerably depending on the state and some states have many more gun restrictions compared to others. Whenever they visit other states, some gun owners will be granted reciprocity and recognition for any “right to carry” gun laws which they had in their home state but this does not apply in every state.
Also, twelve states currently prohibit employers from firing employees who leave their guns locked in their personal vehicles on company property while the other states allow employers to restrict their employees from having weapons in their cars or trucks on company property.
Also, in terms of laws which either allow or prohibit you from openly carrying a gun in public, states typically fall into one of these four categories:
Violation of gun control laws are serious crimes which can result in consequences such as a prison term of more than one year, heavy monetary fines, parole or probation periods and sometimes also the complete loss of gun ownership rights.
If you are facing criminal gun possession charges, it is important to contact a local criminal defense attorney who can inform you about your rights and represent you in court if necessary.
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