Who is in charge of gun background checks?
The NICS staff performs a background check on the buyer. That background check verifies the buyer does not have a criminal record or isn't otherwise ineligible to purchase or own a firearm. Since launching in 1998, more than 300 million checks have been done, leading to more than 1.5 million denials.
What started the gun control debate?
In most cases, debates about gun control in the US have followed periods of violence. Prohibition and the 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre, in particular, led to the first serious attempt by Congress to regulate firearms: the 1934 National Firearms Act, taxing and regulating ownership of certain weapons.
Which level of government is responsible for gun control?
police powerThe power of government to enact laws in the interests of the public health, safety and welfare of the people is called the “police power.” The police power is at the core of state and local authority to regulate the purchase, possession, transfer and use of firearms.
Who authored the Brady Bill?
It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on November 30, 1993, and the law went into effect on February 28, 1994. The Act was named after James Brady, who was shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.