Top 7 Gun Control Law Questions
The massacre of 50 patrons at a gay club in Orlando over the weekend focused debate on many legal, political, and moral issues: homophobia, homegrown terrorism, and, of course, gun control. Depending on which database you use, there have been between 133 and 176 mass shootings in the 166 days of 2016 alone.
Gun control laws are just one aspect of the horrifying shooting in Orlando, but they are a persistent discussion topic after every mass shooting. Here are seven of the biggest questions regarding gun control laws from our archives:
1. New to Gun Ownership? Know the Law
If you've decided to purchase a gun, make sure you do it legally, and then make sure you know the regulations and restrictions on guns where you live.
2. Can Cities Ban Assault Weapons on Their Own?
After the Pulse nightclub shooting, Orlando might want to ban assault rifles like the AR-15 used in the massacre. Can the city do that?
3. Legal to Bring Your Gun to Work?
Most employers are private companies, who have a little more leeway in restricting firearms in the workplace.
4. Are Guns Allowed at Amusement Parks?
Amusement parks are also private entities, with the freedom to make their own firearms regulations on park property. And most, including Disney World, ban guns.
5. Have Gun, Will Travel? 3 Legal Concerns
Just because you own a gun doesn't mean you won't have issues transporting it from one place to another. Can you fly with a gun? Is your concealed carry permit good in other states? Find out before you travel.
6. What Is the Undetectable Firearms Act?
Normally when we think of gun control laws we think of handguns and assault rifles. But what about plastic, ceramic, or 3D-printed firearms?
7. Which New Laws Will Have the Biggest Impact in 2016?
Between the executive, legislative, and judicial branch, it's been a busy year for gun laws, and it will likely only get busier.
Gun control laws can vary by state and they are almost constantly changing. Make sure you're abiding by local gun control laws by consulting with an experienced attorney in your area.
- Find Constitutional Lawyers Near You (FindLaw's Lawyer Directory)
- Concealed Carry Laws: 5 Common Myths (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life)
- Can the President Bypass Congress on Gun Control? (FindLaw Blotter)
- Guns Around the Country: Tougher State Laws Linked to Fewer Shooting Deaths (FindLaw Blotter)
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