Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation

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    Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation​


    A timeline of gun legislation and organizations from 1791 to the present

    by John Gettings


    1791 1871 1930s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s​


    Throughout American history, high-profile gun violence has focused the national spotlight on gun control. The tragedy at Columbine High School and other mass shootings—like the one in Santee, Calif. last March—are always followed by a public debate of gun safety and gun owners' rights in America.

    But despite these debates there has been little response from Congress in the form of new federal gun control legislation. The last significant federal gun law was 1994's Assault Weapons Ban, passed five years before Columbine.

    A bill last year that would have subjected handguns to the same restrictions as machine guns died before the Congress adjourned. And the only debate on the horizon for the 107th Congress this year will be about closing the so-called "gun-show loophole."

    New legislation introduced in the Senate looks to close a "loophole" in federal gun laws that allows unlicensed gun sellers at flea markets and swap meets to sell guns without requiring them to do the same background checks that are required of licensed sellers.

    It is unlikely that any federal restrictions on guns or gun dealers will find support from President George W. Bush. The Bush administration is a firm defender of gun rights, which means that if there are any noteworthy gun laws passed in 2001 it will likely be done at the state level.

    Should Congress make a move this year, this table should help to add some context to its actions. The following is a timeline of important federal legislation and national organizations tied to the Second Amendment and the issue of gun control.


    Read more:
    Federal Gun Control Legislation - Timeline — Infoplease.com Federal Gun Control Legislation - Timeline — Infoplease.com

    According to our Socialist-Marxist President, these laws are not enough when combined with State and local Gun Control Laws.
     
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