Important Federal Gun Laws

Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, So called “safe zones” in schools and on school grounds.  There were several cases that challenged this, only one was successful.  Check our “Federal/Supreme Court” pages and check the Lopez case for more information.

Firearm Owners Protection Act,  This is the first major revision to the Gun Control Act of 1968.  Provisions in this act allowed “safe passage” of firearms across state lines.

National Firearms Act, this was the start of gun control in the United States.  The original purpose was to put controls on “gangster” weapons.

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Started shortly after November 22, 1963 when evidence in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy increased public alertness to the relative lack of control over the sale and possession of guns in the United States.

Gun Control Act of 1968, Heavily deals with the interstate commerce of firearms, creation of the Federal Firearms License (FFL dealer license) and basis for a good deal of the gun control we see today.

Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, The law that pertains to background checks before one can purchase a firearm.

Federal Assault Weapons Ban, This has since expired.  This law is a good example of why sunset clauses are worthy in cases where there is overwhelming support for bad gun legislation.  During this time, the ban had ZERO effect on the reduction of crime and eventually sunsetted in 2004.