The latest mass shootings, which claimed the lives of high school students, revived a debate about the need for a US arms control law, federal and state laws governing who could legally own firearms and where. 19659002] After Nikolas Cruz, age 19, allegedly murdered 17 people on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – the third deadliest shooting at school in American history, school supervisor Broward County school Robert Runcie summed up sentiments students and teachers.
The Second Amendment to the American Constitution allows people have firearms. While federal laws set minimum standards for regulating firearms in the United States, each state has its own laws, some of which are tighter and others more lenient.
In Florida, the latest shooting location, there is no requirement for someone to get permission to have a gun. Florida citizens may also carry firearms in secret without permission, although the need for permission to carry a gun.
At the federal level, the 1968 Arms Control Act, for example, prohibits firearms sold to persons under 18 , people who have committed crimes, disgraced military veterans and people who are mentally ill.
The Act was completed in 1993 with the Brady Firearms Prevention Bill, which prohibits firearms sellers licensed federal to sell firearms to fugitives and to check records of good behavior of those who do not have permission to buy a gun from the seller. [ka/jm]