History

  • Prior to 1920, the only talk of gun control was in individual states in the South, and it was aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of African Americans in accordance with the Jim Crow laws (Pappas, 2013).
  • 1927: Congress created the first gun restriction ever, due to mob violence, making it illegal for the sale of firearms via mail-order (Pappas, 2013).
  • Gun Control Act of 1968 (Pappas, 2013).
    • The assassinations of President Kennedy, Senator Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired the creation of this law.
    • Made it so that convicted criminals, people with mental disorders and anybody accused of domestic violence couldn’t possess a gun.
    • Requires dealers to have a license.
  • 1979: NRA earns the reputation they have today by trying to loosen the restrictions that the Gun Control Act had made law (Pappas, 2013).
    • Firearm Owner’s Protection Act was made a law by President Reagan.
  • 1981: Attempted assassination of Reagan put gun control back in the spotlight (Pappas, 2013).
  • 1990: Crime Control Act passed, making schools gun-free zones (Lee, 2013).
  • Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was made in 1993 (Pappas, 2013).
    • created a national background check system.
  • In 1994, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was passed (Lee, 2013).
    • Also referred to as the Assault Weapons Ban.
    • Banned specific firearms because of their appearance instead of their actual function.
    • Was deemed ineffective and expired in 2004.
  • In 2008, the Supreme Court annulled Washington, D.C. ban on handguns (Lee, 2013).
  • In 2010, the same thing happened in Chicago (Lee, 2013).
    • Both cases happened because the Supreme Court said the bans were unconstitutional.

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