Federal firearms legislation and Gun Laws in USA. Federal laws regulating firearms date back roughly a century, and over time lawmakers have established more stringent requirements for the transfer, possession, and transportation of firearms. The two principal federal firearms laws currently in force are the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), as amended. The NFA was the first major piece of federal legislation regulating the sale and possession of firearms. Through a taxation and registration scheme, the law sought to curb the rise of violence connected to organized crime by targeting the types of weapons that (at the time of passage) were commonly used by gang members.
Congress passed the GCA in the wake of the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy to prevent firearm possession by prohibited persons and to help law enforcement stem increasing crime rates. The GCA is a complex statutory regime that has been supplemented regularly in the decades since its inception. Broadly speaking, the GCA, as amended, regulates the manufacture, transfer, and possession of firearms, extending to categories of weapons that fall outside the scope of the NFA. In general terms, the GCA sets forth who can—and cannot—sell, purchase, and possess firearms, how those sales and purchases may lawfully take place, what firearms may lawfully be possessed, and where firearm possession may be restricted. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act amended the GCA to require a background check for many, but not all, firearms transfers.
In the Persuasive Research Paper, you will simply want to take a position on an issue of dispute of your choice, using research to support your position and to try to convince others to adopt your position. This paper should be at least 4-6 pages long (a minimum of 1000-1500 words, not including the final Works Cited), it must include at least four sources, and it should accomplish the following:
* State your audience.
* Clearly articulate your position on an issue of dispute.
* Clearly articulate the reasons you hold this position, using evidence to support the validity of your stance.
* Present information confidently and efficiently.
* Use established information for support, as well as personal “evidence” (if applicable) such as short anecdotes and examples from your own experience, or the experience of others.
* Maintain a persuasive tone that will be accessible (not alienating or insulting) to your particular audience.