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Articles and links on gun control, the Second Amendment, and gun control laws.

Firearms Banned by the Proposed Assault Weapons Ban of 2013
A complete list of the specific guns that would be banned should the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 become law.

D.C. vs. Heller Has No Effect on Federal Gun Control Laws
While the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of D.C. v. Heller represents a landmark victory for supporters of firearms rights, its immediate legal effect was only to overturn a District of Columbia handgun control law. The ruling in no way affected existing federal firearms laws.

Brady Act Gun Buyer Background Checks
What led to the gun buyer background checks require by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and how do they work?

D.C. v. Heller Leaves Big Second Amendment Question
Now that the Supreme Court, in its D.C. vs. Heller decision, has established that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to possess firearms, rather than the right of the states to form armed militias, can the Second Amendment also be extended to block strict state and local gun laws?

Gun Control Advocates Hate Alito Nomination
In 1996, Judge Samuel Alito cast the lone dissenting vote among his fellow Third Circuit Court of Appeals judges when they upheld the authority of Congress to ban fully automatic machine guns. Needless to say, that vote has brought the wrath of pro-gun control groups, like the Brady Campaign, down on President Bush’s nomination of Judge Alito to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court.

Congress Passes Bill Protecting Gun Makers from Lawsuits
In a 283-144 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has given the final approval of Congress to a controversial bill giving U.S. gun makers broad protection from civil lawsuits.

Law Would Shield Gun Makers from Lawsuits
A bill sponsored by NRA board member and U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), would effectively ban lawsuits against gun manufacturers when their products are used in the commission of crimes.

Congress Rejects Proposed Gun Control Laws
Will tougher domestic gun control laws bolster homeland security? Apparently Congress doesn't think so, as five proposed gun control measures, including one that would have banned gun sales to persons suspected of having links to terrorist groups, have been rejected by the powerful House Rules Committee.

House Votes to Repeal D.C. Gun Laws
Voting 250 for and 171 against, the House of Representatives on Sept. 29 passed The District of Columbia Personal Protection Act (HR 3193) repealing the District of Columbia's gun control laws.

Government Denied 126,000 Gun Buys in 2003
U.S. law enforcement agencies denied some 126,000 -- about 1.6 percent -- of 7,831,000 applications for firearm sales, transfers or permits during 2003, according to data released by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

Gun Control Not Likely to Be 2004 Election Issue
The latest Harris Poll shows that, while a majority of the public favors stricter gun control laws, gun control is unlikely to become a major issue in the 2004 presidential election.

Gun Control News
Keep up with the latest headline news, commentary, and legislation dealing with the gun control issue.

Brady Act Checks Nix 136,000 Gun Buys in 2002
Touting their effectiveness as a gun control tool, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports that Brady Act criminal background checks triggered the rejection of a record 136,000 applications from among the more than 7.8 million applications to buy or transfer a firearm filed during 2002 -- a 1.7 percent rejection rate.

High Court Opts Out of Gun Rights Debate
The U.S. Supreme Court has again decided it wants nothing to do with the debate over exactly whose right to "keep and bear arms" is protected by the U.S. Constitution. From your About Guide.

Bill Would Let U.S. Veterans Register Trophy Guns
U.S. veterans and their heirs would be allowed to legally register war-era trophy guns for a limited time under a new bill recently introduced in Congress.

U.S. v Miller: Another Interpretation 
A very persuasive alternative interpretation of this famous 1939 case, suggesting that the Supreme Court's U.S. v. Miller ruling does indeed uphold the individuals' right to keep and bear arms. From RKBA.org (the Right to Keep and Bear Arms)

Firearm Use by Offenders - Justice Department
Compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, describes firearm use of State and Federal prison inmates. Data shows that less than 2-percent of guns used in crimes by inmates were purchased a gun shows or flea markets.

The Armed Criminal in America - by by James D. Wright
U.S. Government research by gun control advocate James Wright for the National Institute of Justice proves that more than 90 percent of felons get their guns illegally and are therefore are unaffected by gun control laws.

RKBA.org - Right to Keep and Bear Arms
With a simple, straightforward approach, RKBA.org presents a wealth of resources for anyone seeking online firearms ownership rights information and discussions.

Federal Court Backs Individual Gun Rights
In a major victory for gun control opponents, a US Federal court has ruled that the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to posses firearms to individuals, not just state militias. U.S. v. Emerson decided. From your About Guide.

Firearm Litigation Resources
An excellent resource to important gun-related cases from OverLawered.com. Overlawyered.com "explores an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public's expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability."

Fake ID's Foil Brady Checks - GAO Reports
After their agents successfully bought guns in 5 states using fake IDs, the GAO has issued a report concluding that Brady Act background checks "cannot ensure that the prospective purchaser is not a felon." From your About Guide.

Taking Guns to Canada? Beware!
The Canadian government is warning Americans bringing firearms across the border, or even borrowing guns while in Canada, that the tough new Canadian Firearms Act applies equally to visitors.

Brady Act Background Checks
Usually in under 2 minutes, a gun dealer can check a buyer for a criminal history. What are the potential results and how well has the system been working? From your About Guide.

Brady Handgun Act
Imposes a five-day waiting period on the purchase of a handgun and requires that local law enforcement agencies conduct background checks on purchasers of handguns. Complete text of Act.

Gun Control Laws in Canada
In Canada, all gun owners must be licensed and all guns registered. Canadian statistics indicate their laws work. Is this a glimpse into the future of U.S. gun control? From your About Guide 

Gun Control Timeline
A brief history of gun control legislation in the USA. From your About Guide

Gun Laws: What Gives Congress the Right?
The gun lobby fights gun control laws in Congress, but never in the Supreme Court. One landmark case from 1939 is the reason. From your About Guide.

Who Cannot Have a Gun in America?
Categories of persons prohibited from possessing firearms under U.S. law. From your About Guide.

Brady Law web site
Describes ATF's efforts toward enforcing the Brady Law including the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) computer system

Center to Prevent Handgun Violence
Organization working for stricter gun control laws.

Federal Firearms Regulations Guide
Complete guide to US gun control laws. Compiled by the Treasury Department.

Firearms Owners Protection Act
Relaxes some restrictions on gun and ammunition sales and establishes mandatory penalties for use of firearms during the commission of a crime.

Kids, Drugs, Guns and Psychopolitics
"Julian Whitaker, M.D., believes there is a direct link between the violent shootings and the increased and indiscriminate use of popular antidepressant drugs."

Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act
Prohibits possession of "cop killer" bullets capable of penetrating body armor.

National Rifle Association - Legislation Updates
The leading gun owner advocacy group. Opposed to new gun control laws.

State-by-State Overview of Gun Laws
From CNN. Just click on a state for a quick look at gun purchase and carry laws in all 50 states.

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