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Oh straight after my post about my lovely little class!
Dunblane was a record no one wanted to see beaten - poor little babies and teachers x
Can anyone explain USA gun laws to me?


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Dec. 27th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Hi. I clicked on your review in bookis to find out why the book changed your life and LJ brought me to your profile. Figured I might try to answer your question since no one else did.

There are federal and state gun laws. Federal law upholds the Constitution which says citizens have a right to have guns. These laws also define who can legally own them. Everyone that wants to buy a gin has to go through a background check that look for former crimes, mental issues, certain prescriptions, and citizenship. (This is a quick list.) Also, Federal law outlines laws for sales, shipping an transport of guns.
States define things such as what types of guns can be legally owned, if one can conceal carry/open carry/ or carry at all. (49 states allow for carrying for protection. Washington DC and Illinois do not allow carrying at all. The irony is DC and Chicago, IL have major gun violence issues.)
States also have their own laws about obtaining/sales and transport.

Edited at 2012-12-27 02:56 pm (UTC)
Dec. 27th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks- that's interesting about DC and Illinois - so - just asking - do you think the right to bear arms might be more relevant to the revolutionary need to defend independence or really as an individual right today too? Thanks for the answer
Dec. 28th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
I think it was more relevant for the time when people were directly threatened by things like the revolution, wilderness and even the Civil War. Times have changed since then. There is less direct threats from tyranny and less need for a well armed militia.

Full disclosure, I enjoy going target shooting. I enjoy using rifles, handguns and even bow and arrow. I know people that hunt for food. I believe we as individuals should have the right to have guns but I think major changes should be made. I believe punishment for using a gun for violence/threat or having one illegally should be tougher. I believe that along with the rules for getting a gun it should be added that the person needs to complete safety classes. I also believe there is no reason whatsoever that rifles like the ones used in the CT tragedy should be allowed to be owned by the public. (Note, the rifles I use for target shooting are different than the ones used in these horrible incidents.)
Dec. 28th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks - it's so much better to get information from someone with experience completely different from your own- hard for me to imagine shooting guns- but I quite like the idea of a bow and arrow!
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