Gun owners, dealers, and collectors must adhere to the state and federal laws if they want to acquire firearm, or operate a business selling guns.
The Second Amendment of the US Constitution stipulates that the “right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringe.”
Gun owners always emphasize this Second Amendment during argumentation over the state or local gun law limitations.
Federal Gun Laws
The federal law limits who can own, possess, or sell guns. The National firearms Act makes it illegal for an individual to acquire a firearm that is not particularly registered to them.
Under the Brady Act, you cannot possess gun for personal or business reasons if you:
State Gun Laws
State gun laws differ from one state to another state (see “State Gun Control Laws” for every state directory). There are states that have many firearms limitations than other states. While some gun owners who come to visit other states are granted reciprocity and recognition for the “right to carry” laws they have in their home state. Not all states are granted such rights. The “Right to carry” gun laws are federal and state constitution provisions that acknowledge the gun owner’s the right to use their his/her gun for defensive reasons.
There are some states that give the gun owners more rights than others have. For instance, twelve states are presently forbid employers from firing their employees who leave guns locked in their personal vehicles on company property. This follows that the other 38 states allow companies to limit employees from carrying weapons in their cars or trucks on company property.
The states have also laws that either allow or restrict you from openly bringing a gun in public. These are known as “open carry” laws. Basically, the states are grouped into 4 categories:
If you have just transferred to a state with an open carry law, there is usually a waiting period before you can apply for an open carry permit or license.
Open carry limitations are usually the subject of lawsuits filed by the gun owners against states where they live.
If you have other inquiries, contact an experienced gun rights lawyer close to you.
Guns and your Legal Rights
If you are charged with the illegal possession of a gun, or have been charged with firearms-related crimes, you can contact a lawyer immediately to discuss your legal options.
Some of the legal considerations that the lawyer can review with you include:
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