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American gun control laws by state: How they compare

March 2, 2018



March 2, 2018-

In 2017 there were 346 mass shootings in the US according to the Gun Violence Archive. More broadly, in the same period, the US saw 61,539 incidents of gun violence claiming 15,596 lives – according to the same source. After every mass shooting there are calls for stricter gun regulations. A study published in the New York Times found that these calls for more gun restrictions actually drive gun sales. That same study found a general trend showing that Americans buy more guns after mass shootings due to fears of regulatory crackdowns.

But while plenty call for greater gun regulation in the US, many are not aware of the exact rules around gun ownership in that country. The rules around purchasing and owning guns in the US are all based around the Second Amendment to the US constitution. This amendment reads:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

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