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Australian Gun Ban 12 Months Later

As President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in the United States continue calling for stricter gun laws we have no better example than to look to Australia.  The Liberal leadership Down Under called for a complete gun ban forcin...
by Mull This Over on Dec 15, 2015

United States Background Check and Gun Laws by State

United States Background Check and Gun Laws by State. Gun laws for possession, carrying, acquiring, buying, selling, and distributing will vary from state to state, some may be broader or more limited to existing Federal Gun Laws. Firearm Licensees a...

Utah Background Check and Gun Laws

Subject/Law Long guns Handguns Relevant Statutes Notes State Permit to Purchase? No No None Utah charges a $7.50 fee for an instant background check. This fee is waived for persons with a Utah issued Concealed Firearm Permit. Firearm registration? No...

Vermont Background Check and Gun Laws

Vermont has very few gun control laws. Gun dealers are required to keep a record of all handgun sales. It is illegal to carry a gun on school property or in a courthouse. State law preempts local governments from regulating the possession, ownership,...

Virginia Background Check and Gun Laws

The right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Constitution of Virginia. State Preemption There is State preemption of local firearm laws. Localities may regulate: The discharge of firearms. The transportation of a loaded rifle or shotgun. Finge...

Washington Background Check and Gun Laws

  Washington is one of the original "shall issue" states. The county sheriff or city police chief shall issue a concealed pistol license to any applicant, age 21 or older, who meets certain requirements, including no felony convictions,...

West Virginia Gun Background Check and Gun Laws

Subject/Law Long guns Handguns Relevant Statutes Notes State permit to purchase? No No None   Firearm registration? No No None   "Assault weapon" law? No No None   Owner license required? No No None   Carry permits issued?

Wisconsin Background Check and Gun Laws

  Wisconsin is one of two states that completely prohibit concealed carry by private citizens. Open carry is legal except where prohibited by law (vehicles, government buildings, schools, establishments that sell liquor for consumption on the pr...

Wyoming Background Check and Gun Laws

  According to the Office of the Attorney General of Wyoming, Wyoming state law (W.S. § 6-8-104) provides for the issuance of concealed firearm permits. Wyoming also recognizes concealed firearms permits from the following list of other U.S...

Tennessee Background Check and Gun Laws

Subject/Law Long guns Handguns Relevant Statutes Notes State Permit to Purchase? No No None No Firearm registration? No No None No "Assault weapon" law? No No None No Owner license required? No No None No Carry permits issued? No* Yes T.C.A.

Texas Background Check and Gun Laws

Subject/Law Long guns Handguns Relevant Statutes Notes State Permit to Purchase? No No None   Firearm registration? No No None   "Assault weapon" law? No No None   Owner license required? No No None   Carry permits issued?

Maryland Background Check and Gun Laws

In addition to having a Maryland driver's license, Maryland requires all gun purchasers to watch a safety video before purchasing a "regulated firearm". Once complete, the purchaser is issued a certification card. Every time you purchase...

Massachusetts Background Check and Gun Law

Massachusetts Law requires firearm owners to be licensed through their local Police Department or the Massachusetts State Police if no local licensing authority is available. A license is required by state law for buying firearms and ammunition. An a...

Michigan Background Check and Gun Laws

The State of Michigan has numerous laws concerning the ownership and the carrying of firearms. Generally, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and agents thereof acting in an official capacity, are exempt from Michigan's firearms r...

Minnesota Background Check and Gun Laws

Subject/Law Long guns Handguns Relevant Statutes Notes State Permit to Purchase? No Yes §624.7131 Permit to purchase required to transfer handguns through FFL's and for "military-style assault weapons.", Permit to carry doubles as Pe...

Mississippi Background Check and Gun Laws

Mississippi is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety shall issue a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver to a qualified applicant within 120 days. The license is valid for four years.

North Dakota Background Check and Gun Laws

North Dakota is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) shall issue a concealed weapon permit to a qualified applicant. The applicant must pass a written exam and submit an applicatio...

Ohio Background Check and Gun Laws

In April 2004, Ohio's concealed carry statute went into effect. The law (Ohio Revised Code 2923.12, et seq.) allows persons 21 and older to receive a concealed handgun license provided that they receive a minimum of 12 hours of handgun training (...

Oklahoma Background Check and Gun Laws

When carrying a firearm with a concealed carry license, the handgun must be completely concealed. Under Oklahoma State Laws it is illegal to carry a handgun larger than .45 caliber pursuant to the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act (licensed concealed carry).

Oregon Background Check and Gun Laws

In Oregon, the right to bear arms is protected by Article 1, Section 27 of the state constitution. Oregon is a shall-issue concealed-carry state and is notable for having very few restrictions on where a concealed firearm may be carried. Oregon also...


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