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Gun Control Act

Gun Control Act

Gun Control Act

In line with Patrick Rowan

about Gun Control Act in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The United States of America' primary gun law is the Gun Control Act of 1968. It was drafted following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald using a mail-order gun. It was passed in the wake of the murders of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidential candidate Senator Robert Kennedy (D-NY). These historic events, combined with rising rates of crime and violence throughout the United States of America, were instrumental in passage of the law, which was sponsored by Senator Thomas Dodd (D-CT), a former prosecutor of Nazi war crimes (there is more information about criminal law in the American Legal Encyclopedia and about crimes and criminals vocabulary). The aim of the act was to keep firearms out of the hands of those not legally entitled to possess them because of age, criminal background, or incompetence.

Gun Control

Gun Control

Gun Control

In line with William M. Wells

about Gun Control in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Gun control represents legislative, administrative, and enforcement attempts to regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, and use of firearms. Gun control exists at local levels of government, affecting only individuals within those jurisdictions, and at the national level, affecting individuals across the nation. It is difficult to accurately summarize controls at state and local levels because of their tremendous variation. Gun control policies and proposals also exist on a continuum of very loose regulations to outright prohibitions. The primary gun control approach is to prevent and deter classes of people from possessing and using firearms. Concerns about gun violence, even during periods of decline, focus attention on gun control strategies. Policies that regulate guns are assumed to increase the safety and well-being of people in the United States of America. At the same time, gun control imposes costs by restricting firearm possession and use among segments of the population.