We often read about the instances of public gun shooting in the United States, where many innocent lives are lost.
The major reason behind this tragic incidents is the lack of tough gun laws and bending of rules in areas where laws do exist.
The latest incident where a man attacked an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida brought America’s lackluster gun laws to the fore again.
President Barack Obama speaking on the issue has recommended several measures designed to keep firearms out of the hands of potentially dangerous people who shouldn’t be allowed to own a deadly weapon.
The Reasons Behind Lax Gun Laws:
In the U.S., there are more than 55,000 licensed firearm dealers, according to a 2015 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report.
That includes everything from small privately-owned firearm shops and sporting goods stores to big chain stores that carry guns, like WalMart.
Additionally, there are more than 8,000 pawn shops that are licensed to sell firearms, according to the ATF.
According to the law, both licensed firearm dealers and pawn shops are required to conduct background checks when selling guns.
However not every gun-buyer goes the firearm store route, and in a majority of states, gun sellers that aren’t licensed aren’t required to perform a background check.
The background check system also has many loop holes consequently making it difficult to control unauthorized firearm sales.
Furthermore, firearms can be advertised online and in some instances the sale is done online taking advantage of the ambiguity regarding the laws.
Who can buy a Gun:
Under federal law, a person has to be 18 to buy a shotgun or rifle and 21 to buy a handgun.
Nine types of people can be disqualified by a background check, including felons, fugitives, undocumented immigrants, drug addicts and people committed to mental institutions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Steps Needed to Stop Gun Violence:
There are many ways by which the firearm violence can be controlled.One of the major step that needs to be taken is strictly enforcing the existing laws.
The loopholes in background check system must be addressed. The sale of firearms must be cataloged.