Uncovering Gun Control in America

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  • How Is the Second Amendment Applied Today?
  • A Breakdown of Gun Prevalence
  • What Are the Federal Guidelines for Purchasing a Firearm?
  • The National Rifle Association
  • A Ban on Assault Rifles
  • Anti-Gun Petition Gains Traction
  • Should School Officials Carry Guns?
  • Guns in Public Places
  • President Obama's Record on Gun Control
  • Barack Obama, gun control
  • gun control, gun violence
  • The Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

What Are the Federal Guidelines for Purchasing a Firearm?

The Gun Control Act (GCA) states that you must be 18 or older to purchase long guns and ammunition from an authorized dealer. You must be 21 years old or older to purchase a handgun and ammunition for handguns from an authorized dealer. You must also must pass a background check and meet certain legal requirements. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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