Gun Control Is The Government Regulation Of The Sale And Ownership Of Firearms

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Gianni Parello AP GOV 2/22/16 Block 3 DC Gun Control Gun control is the “government regulation of the sale and ownership of firearms.” ( In D.C., handguns, rifles, shotguns, and revolvers may be registered. Sawed-off shotguns, machine guns, short barreled rifles, unsafe handguns, assault weapons, and .50 caliber rifles are all prohibited in D.C., meaning that there is no possible way to own them. (, 2014). A single person may only register one handgun every 30 days unless the gun was owned in another state. Commonly referred to as the "Assault Weapons Ban, there was a law which banned all assault weapons. This expired in 2004 during the George W. Bush administration and has not been renewed. The most recent reauthorization attempt was sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat. It was also introduced in the House on December 16, 2015. In order for a gun owner to register a gun in D.C. they must be 21 or older, have a clean record, and be cleared as mentally competent. A firearm in D.C. must be stored under lock and key. One cannot carry a firearm without a legal reason unless it is in their dwelling place, place of business, or their land which they possess (DC.Gov, 2014). Ammunition can only be bought if one is a legal gun owner and is buying ammunition specifically for that gun. Ammunition cannot be bought if it is for a gun which is prohibited in D.C. During Obama 's presidency, Congress resisted any attempts bolster gun control laws

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