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Gun laws and policies (collectively referred to as firearms regulation or gun control) regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification and use of small arms by civilians.
Laws of some countries may afford civilians a right to keep and bear arms, and have more liberal gun laws than neighboring jurisdictions. Countries that regulate access to firearms will typically restrict access to certain categories of firearms and then restrict the categories of persons who may be granted a license for access to such firearms. There may be separate licenses for hunting, sport shooting (a.k.a. target shooting), self-defense, collecting, and concealed carry, with different sets of requirements, permissions, and responsibilities.
Gun laws are often enacted with the intention of reducing the use of small arms in criminal activity, specifying weapons perceived as being capable of inflicting the greatest damage and those most easily concealed, such as handguns and other short-barreled weapons. Persons restricted from legal access to firearms may include those below a certain age or having a criminal record. Firearm licenses may be denied to those felt most at risk of harming themselves or others, such as persons with a history of domestic violence, alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder, mental illness, depression, or attempted suicide. Those applying for a firearm license may have to demonstrate competence by completing a gun-safety course and show provision for a secure location to store weapons.
The legislation which restricts small arms may also restrict other weapons, such as explosives, crossbows, swords, electroshock weapons, air guns, and pepper spray. It may also restrict firearm accessories, notably high-capacity magazines and sound suppressors. There may be restrictions on the quantity or types of ammunition purchased, with certain types prohibited. Due to the global scope of this article, detailed coverage cannot be provided on all these matters; the article will instead attempt to briefly summarize each country's weapon laws in regard to small arms use and ownership by civilians.
I'm relocating to the Portland area later this year. I'm trying to decide to live on Washington side or Oregon side of river. Heard about Washington limited 30 round to 10 round Mags. Also heard Washington is trying to after all semi auto rifles/handguns. Haven't heard much of any changes in...
NRA President Oliver North on Washington State’s gun laws
By Dori Monson Show
March 21, 2019 at 4:32 pm
Interview with NRA president retired USMC Col Oliver North on Seattles KIRO radio station.
NRA President Oliver North on Washington state's gun laws
A pattern is emerging. Legislatures pass stupid laws. Sheriffs choosing not to enforce said stupid laws.
Popular Defiance Will Kneecap Gun Laws in New Mexico, As It Has in Other States
"The state's governor is publicly feuding with county-level officials who, responding to grassroots anger...
Some good news...let's hope there's a good bit more to follow...
Hearings today (1/29/19), super easy option to take action:
NRA-ILA | Washington: House Committee to Hear Ammunition Ban & Other Anti-Gun Bills...