What you should know about Gun Control in the United States - MnTrendsNews


Sunday, 18 February 2018

What you should know about Gun Control in the United States

The many recent killings by Gun In the United States, has pop up the question; how are guns regulated?

Though regulations vary from state to state, there are a few key conditions for obtaining guns in the US. Let's take a look at them.
  • In the Gun control Act of 1968 which regulates firearms at the federal level, it requires that citizens and legal residents must be at least 18 years of age to purchase shotguns or rifles and ammunition. Hence, there is a minimum age. Persons under 18 are not allowed according to the 1968 Acts. 
  • Moreover although 18 is the minimum age, still not all persons are allowed to own a gun. Crazy people or people with mental disorder are not allowed. Other restrictions apply to people who have been issued restraining orders by courts to prevent harassment, stalking or threatening; people who have renounced their citizenship, tourists who are on visit to US are also prohibited. 
  • The federal or state government regulate firearms. The Second Amendment serves as the legal basis for the "right of the people to keep and bear arms." Though state and local governments regulate whether residents may, for example, carry guns in public, laws regulating who may receive or possess guns are set out at the federal level. So, the federal government regulates firearms.
  • Many of the States do not require permits from the government before they can acquire gun. Only a dozen of the US's 50 states require purchase permits for handguns. Of those states, only three — California, Connecticut and Hawaii — require permits for the purchase of rifles and shotguns.
  • Although many of the States do not require permits to acquire gun, but majority of the States require permits to carry handguns. Only few states allow residents to carry handguns without permits.
The matter of  weather gun should be controlled or not has become more prominent especially since the shooting and killing of Students in Florida highschool. 

US students are planning a protest at Washington in few days time about gun control. Subscribe to our newsletter for more latest updates. 

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