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What are the Current Federal Gun Ownership Laws?
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.