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Why are open carry laws opposite of what would be expected in Oregon and Florida?

Oregon allows open carry of firearms without a permit; Florida does not allow it, and does not issue permits for it. Both states require permits for concealed carry, with similar requirements. Why is ...
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How many mass shootings does Japan have per year?

A recent Washington Post article (July 8, 2022) on the assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe says Last year, eight of the 10 shootings in Japan were related to the yakuza, according to ...
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Why do pro gun and anti abortion (and vice versa) views go together in the USA? [duplicate]

So this is looking in on America and maybe this isn't the way it really is but it seems like the two big cultural fault lines they have are guns and abortion. And it appears that people are either ...
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Can US President reclassify firearms by executive order?

I had recently read a opinion piece wherein the author was suggesting that certain firearms could be reclassified to Class 3 Firearms and that doing so was not violating the Constitution, but would ...
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Why can't President Biden sign an executive order on the gun laws he wants congress to pass?

U.S President Biden has been in the news, such as this article in Forth Worth Star-Telegram, appealing for tougher gun laws. The article says that He repeated calls to restore a ban on the sale of ...
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Why can Canada’s parliament vote (on gun laws), but even when a single party controls both the U.S. House and Senate a change is all but impossible?

An article today discusses the difference between the U.S. and Canadian political systems and claims to answer a simple question, but the main issue remains unanswered. Why can Canada’s parliament ...
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Can the US government outlaw the buying, selling and manufacture of arms?

I know the US Constitution covers the right to bear arms, but can the government theoretically ban the buying, selling and manufacture of arms?
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Why is Taiwan adverse to the idea of using gun ownership as a deterrent to Chinese invasion? [closed]

Taiwan has been scared of a possible Chinese invasion for around 70 years now and the likelihood of this happening only increases every year due to growing Chinese influence. However unlike ...
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Is increasing punishments for gun smuggling effective at curbing gun violence?

One common argument often made by pro-firearm activists as a counter to blanket gun-control measures is that in order to curb gun violence, the solution is to have increased punishments on the process ...
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Do gun permits that can be used as voter ID all have a photo?

Some types of identification have photographs (e.g. driver's licenses), whereas others do not (e.g. Social Security cards). This answer has a nice graph that shows that over recent years, not only ...
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Studies on the application of "Red Flag Laws" in the US

I'm looking for objective studies describing how red flag gun laws involving Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are being used in those U.S. states that have implemented them. I'd like to see ...
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How can gun violence be prevented through policy or action without infringing on the 2nd Amendment? [closed]

The definition of "infringing on the 2nd Amendment" is highly subjective and a heavy source of debate, so for the scope of this question, let's assume that this means the government cannot ...
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What percentage of mass shootings in the USA are actually stopped by ordinary gun-bearing Americans?

It has been hypothesized that the harms of mass shootings in the US could be mitigated or prevented by encouraging gun ownership and reducing legal obstacles to gun carrying. With approximately 400,...
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Can members of congress carry weapons into the chamber?

Congresswoman Boebert has stated that she will bring a loaded glock into the DC. The article here says that weapons can be carried around the streets of Washington D.C but a permit is required. ...
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What are the political implications of buying a russian airgun as a european citizen? [closed]

I'm considering buying a russian-made airgun, the Baikal mp 61. I'm a European citizen and usually I try to support companies in Europe. In this case, I don't find any other western designs that ...
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Did California in 1967 prohibit open carry to discriminate against blacks, unlike Michigan that still allows it in 2020? [closed]

I'm British, and was befuddled to see this picture on r/oddlyterrifying of lockdown protestors carrying guns right up to the Michigan's Governor office door. I then found this combined picture on r/...
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Why was there such a significant increase in firearms background checks in March 2020?

According to statistics published by the FBI, March 2020 saw the highest ever number of NICS firearms background checks performed, at 3,740,688, an increase of 33% from February. The FBI itself notes ...
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If "more guns less crime", how do gun advocates explain that the EU has less crime than the US?

As a naive European, I thought that the self-defense argument for guns in the US was mostly based on the high number of guns already in the country. In other words, I thought that the argument takes ...
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How are "Red Flag Laws" not a violation of Due Process protection?

Red Flag laws, aka Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) are state laws that provide for a process of confiscating firearms that are accessible to persons, who by judicial order, are found to be ...
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How often do private-owned guns protect US-Americans [closed]

As far as I understand, the main argument for US-Americans having guns is to protect themselves. I am wondering if there are statistics which show How often a civilian US-American person saved his ...
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Why are machine guns not subject to Second Amendment protections? [duplicate]

There is an argument that any control of weapons in private hands is forbidden by the Second Amendment. However there are several gun control laws that are seemingly unchallenged. Getting a tank with ...
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What part of the Firearm Owners' Protection Act prohibits a ballistics database?

An audit by the ATF in 2005 in regard to NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) states: Finally, we found that the ATF had established minimal controls to ensure that ballistic ...
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What reasoning is being used to differentiate firearms in the Jan 2019 proposed law?

The Jan 9, 2019 proposed law (https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/a/4/a46156b5-9337-4193-95db-d381bc3c6fe3/E12DA96F0D3C33D8F714C5E186B1CD38.awb.pdf) is signed by many Democratic ...
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Why do proponents of guns oppose gun competency tests?

Many people on the right who are in favor of the right to own guns do so based on reasons such as safety. For example, in the wake of pretty much any mass shooting, you will have people come out and ...
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How easy is it to get a gun illegally in the United States?

One argument against gun control is: Gun control only hurts law-abiding citizens. A person intent on doing harm will simply just acquire it illegally. And so my question is, how good is this ...
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Is there any regulation meant to limit coverage of mass shootings? Are any politicians pushing for such ideas?

The recent mass shootings in the United States were widely covered by the media. It isn't a new observation that the extensive coverage of such events aid in the popularization of the killer and also ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic presidential candidates support banning semi-automatic weapons?

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, there were a lot of calls on the left to ban all semi-automatic weapons. This post is an example of that. My question is, have ...
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What was the Manchin-Toomey Amendment amending?

Wikipedia says this about the Manchin-Toomey Amendment: The Manchin-Toomey Amendment was a bi-partisan piece of legislation that would require background checks on most private party firearm sales, ...
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Why is gun control associated with the socially liberal Democratic party?

In America, during the past few years (when I started to actually follow politics), gun control has been something that Republican politicians are almost all very strongly against, while it is ...
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What arguments do proponents of the second amendment use to conclude that gun ownership helps protect the people against the government?

It is said the reason for the second amendment to the US constitution is protection from an oppressive government. Should push come to shove, although hugely outnumbered in personnel numbers, the US ...
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Could the police be sued for failing to protect citizens in countries where gun ownership is severely restricted?

The US Supreme Court ruled in Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales and DeShaney v. Winnebago County that the police could not be sued for failing to protect citizens, as no such constitutional obligation ...
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How much of an influence did Port Arthur have on New Zealand?

New Zealand has announced it will change its gun laws in the wake of the massacre against attendees of two mosques. As an Australian, I’m surprised that New Zealand didn’t change its laws after the ...
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What are the motivations for being against the latest House Bill on Gun Reform?

The H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 cleared the house with some, albeit small, bipartisan support and earned the ire of progressive democrats. The bill started out as, it appears, a ...
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Is gun control in line with EU's principle of subsidiarity?

On a lecture, I've heard the EU institutions don't have the right to change laws already in place in the member states, so I tried to investigate what could it relate to and found that the principle ...
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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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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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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 ...