Firearms Legislation across the States and its Correspondence with the Federal Legislation

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The first question to be considered in this paper is the problem of similarity of firearms legislation across the states and its correspondence with the federal legislation. The hypothesis is that, no matter how many acts were enacted by the local governments in addition to the federal legislation, the general idea of the basic federal legislation on this matter has been preserved, and there are no dramatic changes in the main approaches. The second question arises whether the diversity of firearms legislation across the states is a consequence of different rates of gun violence, the variations in demographics and cultural backgrounds, or the political influences and conventional approaches to this problem. The hypothesis of the study is that no increase in gun violence within separate states with stricter or laxer firearms legislation has been even observed, so there is no direct correlation between gun violence rates and the adoption of new laws regulating the gun ownership and sale. The third research question relates to the most important reasons of such diversity in the firearms legislation amid the states and localities. It relates to the historical, cultural, and political backgrounds of different states. The most important effect on this diversity is produced by the political views supported in separate states, and it is unlikely that cultural and social backgrounds, demographic factors, or the racial content of the population have sufficient influences.

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