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Odd Gun and Weapon Laws In The U.S.

 December 15, 2014  /  Comments Off on Odd Gun and Weapon Laws In The U.S.

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Whether you are a card-carrying member of the NRA or you are only just starting to get interested in your Second Amendment rights, you should be aware of the fact that bearing arms, while constitutionally protected, is not without legal restrictions. And as you might expect, the laws in place to govern the use of firearms and other weapons is intended for the safety of all. Regardless of whether you’re hunting, sport shooting, or protecting your home and family, you need to be aware of the laws that could limit your usage. And while some are easy to anticipate (don’t discharge firearms without cause, secure appropriate permits and licenses, and avoid illegal firearms like fully automatic weapons, just for example), others enter the realm of the bizarre. Here are just a few U.S. gun laws that could throw you for a loop.

Most of us would agree that every American should enjoy the same rights and legal protections, including the right to bear arms. But if you heard about recent changes to U.S. gun laws stating that physical disability cannot be a factor in determining whether or not citizens may purchase firearms, it might have left you dumbfounded for the simple fact that it means people who are legally blind may now own guns. Pretty much everyone is aware of the fact that physical and mental disabilities can restrict people from performing certain tasks. For example, individuals who are legally blind will not be issued driver’s licenses. But apparently they can have guns.

Odd Gun and Weapon Laws In The U.S.

Of course, the most heinous legislation is actually being passed at the state or even municipal level. For example, there are several states attempting to pass laws that allow teachers to carry firearms in school during school hours. This knee-jerk reaction to a handful of students showing up at school and opening fire on teachers and fellow students would likely only make it easier for students to get their hands on guns. And then there is South Carolina, where a bill that would let high school students take an off-campus gun course for credit is in the works. There’s something to be said for teaching gun safety, but allowing an entire class full of high-school students to play with loaded weapons probably isn’t the brightest idea.

Florida introduced a bill that would require gun owners to complete anger management courses before being allowed to buy ammunition. And several states are attempting to pass laws allowing gun owners (with qualifying permits) to carry concealed firearms into bars, although apparently, these patrons would not be allowed imbibe (as if bartenders would know not to serve them – their weapons are concealed!). Colorado is also looking to pass a law that would require businesses to allow concealed weapons in their establishments or be held liable for any injuries or deaths occurring on their premises as a result of violence.

For the most part, gun laws are based on sound logic and/or case studies. But with literally thousands of laws on the books between federal and state legislation, there are bound to be a few weirdos that slip through the cracks. So before you purchase a firearm or visit Diamond K Brass for ammo, make sure you understand that laws that could affect your decision to purchase and use guns in your place of residence.

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