GUN CONTROL IN THE U.S.
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.
People purchase firearms in a gun shop in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the wake of the mass shooting.