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Firearm Legislation | Web Links

Federal Legislation
November 1998: Federal background checks for handgun purchases went into effect November 30, 1998, as mandated by the Brady Law passed five years earlier. The FBI and state governments conduct this new process that replaces a voluntary system.

1999: After initially striking it down, Congress resurrected a bill to close the so-called "gun show loophole" which permits firearms to be sold at thousands of gun shows nationwide without a background check on the purchaser.

Links to federal gun regulation and implementation are found below:


1999 House & Senate Gun Show Bills
"To Regulate the Sale of Firearms at Gun Shows"

 
H.R. 902
Full Text
Bill Summary and Status
S. 443
Full Text
Bill Summary and Status
 
From THOMAS, the Congressional Legislative Internet Site

Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993)
From THOMAS, the Congressional Legislative Internet Site

Assault Weapons Ban
From THOMAS, amends the 1968 law

Gun Control Act of 1968

Pending Gun Control Legislation
From the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence

FBI Background Check Information

Brady Law Implementation
From the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Federal Firearms Regulation Reference Guide Index
From the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Court Voids Background Check of Gun Buyer Under Brady Law
From The Washington Post

Web Links


Handgun Control Inc. and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence
A Washington-based organization working to prevent handgun violence.

Violence Policy Center
An educational foundation working against firearm violence.

National Shooting Sports Foundation
The gun manufacturers' lobbying and trade association.

National Rifle Association
An agency lobbying for the rights of firearm owners.

Cease Fire
An agency working against domestic handgun violence.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
A federal law enforcement organization dedicated to reducing violent crime, collecting revenue, and protecting the public.

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