ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What are the Current Federal Gun Ownership Laws?

Updated on December 21, 2012

The current federal gun laws that apply to all states are fairly basic:

  • Guns that cannot be detected by security devices are prohibited
  • Machine guns are prohibited
  • Silencers are prohibited
  • Short barrel rifles and shotguns are prohibited
  • You cannot buy a gun legally from an unlicensed seller
  • you cannot buy a gun if convicted of domestic violence or serious crimes, if a drug addict or mentally defective
  • You can buy a gun from someone not engaged in the business of selling guns and no background check is required (loophole, I think)
  • If you buy a gun from a license gun business seller you must go under an FBI background check
  • All sellers of guns as a business must have a federal license

As you can see, federal law needs additional safeguards. Many states have additional safeguards. For instance, five states have banned guns with large capacity magazines, guns with assault rifle features (the most notable is a detachable magazine). About eight states require a gun owner to also have a gun permit. Obviously, federal law should all include these state features, yet do not.

Most guns are owned in the South, Midwest, West and last, East, in that order. By political party, 41% of Republicans own a gun while only 28% are democrat.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Paul 

      5 years ago

      The American People have already sounded off on this ISSUE since nothing shows intent like actual resolve! The time for polite talk, letters and discussion with complicit legislators is twenty years to late with theses brigands as they carve-up the moribund carcass of this once great nation to line their pockets with the spoils. My daughter & I just got back from the Gun Show yesterday, where I bought another case of AK-47 ammo (the supposed HIGH Power 7.62x39 version) and 30 round high capacity magazines' contrary to popular progressive belief; you do not DEFEND rights you EXERCISE them...!

      All in anticipation of Obama acting extra-legislatively, of course barring an ACT of Congress...which will probably NOT transpire in all likelihood.

      I was in good company as I have never seen so many thousands of concerned citizens chomping at the BIT to stock up on AMMO, MAGAZINES and so-called ASSAULT WEAPONS...it was a land office run as everyone there is anticipating the end game as is being pulled on the American People by Obama and company (progressive democrats). Citizens were standing in line for one hour or more after they got into the show just to purchase AMMO; by the case load from an ammunition wholesaler...AMMO was being carted out by hand truck as hundreds of citizens were purchasing thousands of rounds at a time...

      Mostly of the 5.65x45 (.223 for the AR-15) and the 7.62x39 for the AK-47 and to a lesser degree the 5.45x39 for the AK-74 (Russia's answer to the M-16) and an assortment of 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP for the care and feeding of these so-called ASSAULT WEAPONS and their heinous little brothers "semi-automatic" pistols by the liberal media and Obama minions.

      December set an all time record for FBI background checks for citizens purchasing firearms as they flocked to buy mostly so-called "Assault Weapons" in anticipation of... Colorado had a 10 day backlog as there system was overwhelmed.

      They must have been the "BAD" assault weapons since they were purchased by law-abiding citizens and not the "GOOD" assault weapons Obama sent to Mexican Drug Cartels and Islamists in Libya and Syria which resulted in hundreds if not thousands of deaths from Fast & Furious and his arming of al Qaeda and his new "BFF" the Muslim Brotherhood.

      That is how the media twist's this surreal tale of the reality of the dismantling of the Republic we are all living out in real time thanks to Obama and his cronies.

      Senator Feinstein's new proposed legislation that is her oh so, liberated view of the Citizens being disarmed when she herself has had a CCW (Concealed Carry Permit) as an elite in need of personal protection while feeling she needs to deny this to ordinary citizens as the great unwashed are deserving of NO such consideration...!

      If only we were of the elitist intelligentsia that is due such consideration...NO we are only cannon fodder for the liberal agenda as citizens to be...

      TAXED to ignominy and poverty to pay for the destruction of our economy, values, nation and Constitution; so are accorded NO such privilege...

    • profile image

      Roger 

      5 years ago

      @perrya and his "Thanks, thought they were banned. They need to be."

      How many people that own automatic weapons with the proper permits have ever committed a firearms related offense?

      Weapons that look like military arms are mostly banned in your state of California. I guess that's why there in no violence or shootings there, right?

    • Alberic O profile image

      Alberic O 

      5 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      No problem. They are rare with the civilians though. Here's the irony what you brought up. Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 didn't ban these but the law did ban semi automatic rifles that cosmetically looked like them. Actual assault rifles, sub machine guns and other firearms that can fire automatically or 3 round bursts are covered under the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      Thanks, thought they were banned. They need to be.

    • Alberic O profile image

      Alberic O 

      5 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      FYI, machine guns and assault rifles (rifles with selected fire) can be purchased by civilians. The paper work and background check has to be done through the ATF. If approved, you have to pay $200+ permit fee to keep these weapons. Plus, you don't get them at the price the military or police get them. They are $2000+ each not including other fees. Certain explosives are done in a similar fashion too except there is more paperwork.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)