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Questions tagged [guns]

Questions related to politics and policy on firearms

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U.S. constitution 2nd amendment and state militias

Was the Second Amendment right to bear arms intended to preserve state militias?
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Off-duty policewoman shoots armed robber [closed]

Recently in Brazil, an armed thief tried to robber several mothers and children at the exit of a school during Mother's day. However, an off-duty policewoman shoot three times in his chest and he died ...
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In the US, have civilian guns ever protected anyone's constitutional rights? [duplicate]

Some opponents of gun control claim that civilian gun owners are a bulwark against government tyranny, and that disarming the population would be the first step in abolishing the Bill of Rights. ...
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Treating gun control like types of driver licenses, i.e. Class A, B, C, D, M, and V

I'm just curious if there is an organization that is active that is trying to implement a gun-control system akin to the hierarchy of driving privileges? For example, an initial level that gives ...
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What is the meaning of $1.05 as seen at March For Our Lives?

At the March for our Lives rally, the podium has a sticker - $1.05. It seems unusual to me, a non-American. What is its meaning?
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How many US states legislatures would currently support an amendment restricting the ownership of guns? [closed]

In order to seriously change the existing gun laws in the US, an amendment would be required for the US Constitution that would partially or fully override the 2nd amendment. But in order to pass such ...
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Is there any data on the % of Americans that have purchased a gun at some point in their lives?

Given the current politically charged conversations going on about guns, ownership, background checks, etc., one would expect knowledge about the issues to be growing. That being said, it seems that ...
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Why did Trump suddenly flip on the gun issue? [closed]

Trump seems to have suddenly changed his position on guns completely (source). What is the cause of this sudden change in position? And why now? In a meeting with lawmakers, President Trump ...
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When was the Second Amendment last used to fight against the US government to protect people's freedom?

I was not born in the USA, and I am trying to understand the Second Amendment. My big question is: When was the last time US citizens made use of the Second Amendment and fought against the US ...
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Possible alternative reasons for the high rate of gunfire victims in the United States

After each massacre conducted with a gun in the US, there is the typical discussion what to do to prevent more of these incidents. Currently, to not much of an avail. From a European perspective (...
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Libertarian perspective: America's gun laws and the Florida high school shooting [closed]

Every time such massacres happen, leftists try to push the gun control debate using emotional appeal and libertarians try to defend the right to bear arms based on reason (ex: tyrannical governments, ...
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Why is the UK so strongly opposed to private ownership of guns?

Here in Czech Republic any citizen can pass a relatively simple test and receive a license to carry a handgun in public in a concealed manner. On the other hand another member of the EU - the UK is ...
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Are concealed carry permit and drivers licenses analogous? [closed]

In the ongoing debate around the National Reciprocity bills moving in Congress, many of the proponents for gun rights attempt to draw an analogy between concealed carry permit and drivers licenses. Is ...
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What is the policy regarding the safety pin of a firearm in the US Armed Forces? [closed]

Background Last night I watched Black Hawk Down once again, and for the first time consciously thought about this particular scene featuring a Delta operative and a Ranger. Now I know it is a movie,...
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Official reasons for locking guns and ammunition up separately

In many European countries (like Germany or the UK), gun owners are legally required to store their guns unloaded and lock their guns and ammunition up in separate safes. In some of those countries, ...
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Why is there no effective anti-gun lobby in the United States?

The National Rifle Association appears to be a very powerful lobby in the United States which seems to be very successful at preventing anti-gun legislation. Nevertheless, it would appear to be quite ...
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What do gun opponents in the US say regarding the balance between security and the freedom to own guns? [closed]

Right-wing gun activists in America are constantly talking about how banning guns is against the 2nd amendment and how America needs even more guns to help people defend themselves in case of an armed ...
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Do any Republicans oppose banning bump fire stocks?

A bump fire stock, also known as a bump stock, is a device that effectively turns a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic weapon, also known as a machine gun. Automatic weapons are banned in the ...
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Is gun violence in the US mostly limited to people involved in property/violent crime?

This follows a question of mine on expatriates.SX: I may move to the US, but I'm kind of scared of the gun violence One of the answers there suggests that US gun violence is not as bad as the ...
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Under the US 2nd Amendment, are there limits to the size or type of firearm? [closed]

Are state of the art artillery pieces included, ICBMs, or the private ownership of nuclear weapons? If not, where is the limit in size and firepower drawn?
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What motives do those supporting gun control assign to the NRA?

Related to this question, asking about the motivations of the NRA, it seems appropriate to look into what the opposition says about the NRA. What motivations have those who support gun control assign ...
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What is the motivation for the NRA

After watching the Veep episode, where the NRA helps Jonah win an election, I wanted to know what the real motivation behind the NRA is. Is it driven by a true belief in the second amendment or are ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

Why are Weapon Restriction Laws, such as Gun Control Laws, considered liberal, while a lack of restrictions is considered conservative? In most cases, it appears that laws and policies which grant ...
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Could the second amendment be, well, amended? [duplicate]

Considering the criticism from some regarding the Second Amendment and gun control laws, supposing Americans voted that they didn't want the second amendment anymore or wanted it changed (by majority ...
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Why is there a gun amnesty in Australia? (2017)

There is currently a gun amnesty run by the federal government. What motivated the gun amnesty? Who motivated it? What is the objective? Is it likely to achieve the objective? How much is it likely ...
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Why don't governments recognize each other's gun permits?

Even the world's most gun-favoring country (the USA) doesn't have full reciprocity for gun permits between its states. Likewise none of the EU states recognize each other's gun permits, even though ...
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Are there any government policies that meaningfully influence mass shootings per capita?

Which states have the most mass shootings per capita? Which states have the least? Mass Shooting: FOUR or more shot and/or killed in a single event [incident], at the same general time and location ...
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Why are gun restrictions based on terror watch list and mental health so controversial in the US?

The latest (but not recent) episode I remember is this vote from June 2016, when the US senate rejected restrictions on sale of weapons to people on the terror watch list. These are people that the ...
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How many people were saved by guns? [closed]

One of the arguments for (more) gun legalization is that it saves many people, or at least it prevents many many crimes. Although this is not the end of the argument, it needs to be considered. Is ...
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State law placing gun owners in a database [closed]

As per the article regarding Hawaii placing its gun owners in a database and some of the below quoted text from it, I could see this being a growing trend on a state by state basis. Question I was ...
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Guns in the United States

Why do efforts to reform rules about buying and selling firearms in the U.S. always fail after mass shootings?
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Does substantive due process apply to the Second Amendment?

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution states, in part, "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." Since the 1930's, the Supreme Court ...
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What is the distribution of small arms in civil populations?

Based on the number of questions that come up about gun control (c.f. Has gun violence decreased in states with open carry laws?, Gun prevalence vs homicide rates - correlation and causation, and Same ...
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When was the last American political convention that allowed people to bring guns?

There is a petition to allow guns at the Republican convention. When was the last political convention (Democrat or Republican) that allowed people to bring guns?
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What are the statistics for mass shootings by skin color?

Someone told me that people of a certain skin tone commit mass shootings, but I was skeptical. By the way, a popular definition of mass shooting is 4 or more people killed by a gun. https://en....
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What percent of people killed by police in the US are unarmed?

The question title says it all. If possible, I'd prefer an answer that includes breakdowns by race, although I'm prepared to accept one that does not.
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Is there a greater number of deaths from gun violence in the United States within the last 40 years versus international terrorism?

I've been reading online and it seems like what people are saying is that gun violence is reducing but, still a greater threat than international terrorism.
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Can a person who had his gun license revoked in one state move to a different state and acquire a new license?

I am working on an essay that has to do with gun regulations in the US, and I would like to know if a person committed a crime (major or minor, please state this) and had his firearm license revoked ...
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Has gun violence decreased in states with open carry laws?

Title is the question...has gun violence decreased in states with open carry laws? I know the laws have not been in effect for long, but I am hoping for some evidence either way. Please connect me ...
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Are there disadvantages to the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013? If so, what?

The first Federal Assault Weapons Ban was enacted in 1994 and expired in 2004. A new Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 is being proposed. What are the disadvantages of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, if ...
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What is the ethical or legal term best used to describe the process of legislation that proceeds without supporting evidence?

In general or specifically relating to public health 'crises': What is the ethical, or legal/political concept, term or anecdote (even slang - I am sure there is not precedent, law etc.) that #may# ...
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What are the practical downsides of background checks for gun purchases?

In the current gun control debate, all of the voiced arguments are about the positive sides of background checks for gun purchases (e.g. that a check could possibly keep the gun from a person too ...
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Does the Toomey-Manchin proposal include a federal gun registry?

While researching the gun control debate in the US, this caught my eye: Mr Biden also accused the nation's top gun rights lobbying group, the National Rifle Association (NRA), of spreading ...
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Would the expanded background checks have prevented past shooting incidents?

In a recent statement, the NRA claimed that: Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools. ...
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What are the reasons for not letting protection against the criminals be left to trained professionals?

People who support gun ownership frequently state that one of the reasons for doing so is that people who own guns should be able to do so to protect from criminals. What are the arguments that ...
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Why do Democrats support gun restrictions

Regarding the gun debate, the Democratic party seems to be the major party that supports stricter gun control. Currently the Official democratic position is to put greater restrictions on what ...
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Does any other country than the USA have a constitutional “right to bear arms”?

In the United States of America, the Second Amendment to the constitution states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I have the impression that the USA are ...
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What are the limits of the second amendment?

The second amendment of the US constitution states: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be ...
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Gun prevalence vs homicide rates - correlation and causation

The discussion on gun ownership is often heated and detached from facts. What does science say on correlation and more importantly on causality between gun prevalence and homicide rates? There are ...
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The assault weapon ban recently expired in the USA, what did it ban?

The Federal Assault Weapon Ban Wikipedia page notes that it banned cosmetic features that make a gun look like a fully automatic rifle, that it only banned 10 such weapons, and those weapons ...