GUN CON­TROL IN THE U.S.

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The Las Vegas tragedy has rein­vig­o­rated calls for gun con­trol in the United States. Since 2011, there have been more than 100 gun con­trol pro­pos­als in the US Congress. But not one of them has been passed into law, de­spite sev­eral mass shoot­ings and Barack Obama’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to leg­is­late on the is­sue. As of to­day, fed­eral law pro­hibits cer­tain peo­ple from own­ing firearms (those with cer­tain kinds of crim­i­nal records or men­tal ill­ness, drug ad­dicts, etc…), but the sys­tem has ma­jor holes in it, in par­tic­u­lar re­gard­ing back­ground checks. In fact, most gun con­trols ex­ist at the state level, with New York, Cal­i­for­nia, New Jer­sey, Hawaii, Mary­land, Rhode Is­land, Illi­nois and Mas­sachusetts be­ing the most re­stric­tive.

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