What Are Some Federal Gun Laws?


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The National Firearms Act and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act are two major federal gun laws that place some restrictions on gun ownership. Federal gun laws regulate the ownership of firearms, according to FindLaw.

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The National Firearms Act mandates that those seeking to purchase certain types of weapons and accessories, such as machine guns, short-barreled shotguns and silencers, undergo a rigorous background check, buy a tax stamp for the manufacture of the item, and register the item with the federal government, explains FindLaw. Some states, such as California and New York, completely prohibit the ownership of such weapons or devices.

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act prohibits certain groups of individuals from owning guns, adds FindLaw. Such groups include those convicted of crimes for which they served sentences of over one year, those who are on the run from justice, immigrants unlawfully in the country, and those who have received dishonorable discharges from any branch of the armed forces. Other groups that may not own any type of gun include those convicted of domestic violence crimes and those who currently have a court restraining order placed on them involving their intimate partners, their own children or children of the partner.

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