Guide To Gun Regulations

There are about 20,000 federal, state, and local gun laws in the United States, making firearms one of the most regulated items an NRA Tea Party Extremist Gunophile can buy!

Federal gun laws fall into two broad categories: the 1968 Gun Control Act and the 1934 National Firearms Act. The GCA regulates evil guns that anyone who hasn’t committed a felony can buy (for now) at a local gun shop. The NFA deals with guns like machine guns and sawed-off shotguns which have no civilian purpose so aren’t protected by the Second Amendment.

In the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ 468-page compilation of state and local laws, five states combined — California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York — take up about a third of the book. California’s laws alone fill 68 pages of fine print!


With the pages and pages of regulations, it can be difficult to keep track of the best laws, so as a Violence Policy Advocate, I put together a list of the AWESOMEST Reasonable Common Sense gun restrictions that prevent violence.

There are so many statutory definitions of assault weapons in local, state and federal laws, that almost any gun could be classified as one. The Common Sense 1994 Federal Automatic Weapons Ban defined an assault weapon as a firearm with a detachable magazine and a pistol grip, sometimes in conjunction with other features, such as a folding stock or a muzzle break.

Why it’s AWESOME!
It was nicely complex and outlawed guns that were actually “assault weapons.” Gun control heroes, such as Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), want to resurrect a new version of it by banning high-capacity assault clips through her proposed H.R. 308 — The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act — which has been formally proposed in the House of Representatives. Assault Clips Target Everyone!

Four states, California, Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey limit firearm purchases or sales to one per month.

Why it’s AWESOME!
This law makes society safer because violent criminals won’t risk breaking the law to stockpile weapons! Citizens should not be allowed to buy as many guns as they want, whenever they want.

Firearm microstamping, or ballistic imprinting, or ballistic engraving, is the use of laser technology to engrave a microscopic marking onto the tip of the firing pin and onto the breech face of a firearm. When the gun is fired, these etchings transfer to the primer by the firing pin and to the cartridge case by the breech face, using pressure created when a round is fired. When spent cartridges are ejected, these microscopic markings are imprinted on cartridges, which can then be examined to trace the firearm to the registered owner.

Why it’s AWESOME!
California passed a law in 2010 to prohibit the sale of new models of semi-automatic handguns that don’t “micro-stamp” identifying information on fired cartridge cases. Similar legislation is under consideration in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, Wisconsin and Illinois while Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) will allegedly sponsor a nationwide microstamping bill before 2013. Soon we can track these casing to gun owners and bust them. BIG TIME!

The Reasonable and SANE Republic of Illinois remains the last state that knows it’s a bad idea to carry around firearms in public for any purpose. The other 49 states “allow” citizens, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit, to do so in varying degrees. For instance, New York’s Sullivan Act requires a permit to carry or own any gun small enough to be concealed. The permit is issued on a “per gun basis” by local law enforcement, so it provides a great deal of local discretion that can be manipulated, such as charging exorbitant fees and imposing extensive waiting periods. Only Alaska, Vermont, Arizona and Wyoming allow residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. However, valid permits to carry in some states, such as California, can be voided by local ordinances that prohibit open or concealed carry with or without a permit, or by restricting the possession, purchase and transport of ammunition.

Why it’s AWESOME!
CCW regulations that vary widely from state to state and are full of snags and stipulations. This deters buyers and can have a “chilling effect” which gives people time to rethink ownership and not buy one to commit a crime or an insurrection. People line up to register themselves as gun owners to get a permit so we know where all of the guns are! States without permits have lots of crime so it helps with statistics.

A variety of laws make moving to a new state with guns incredibly difficult. New York, for instance, doesn’t give new residents any grace period before requiring them to get a license to possess a handgun. Therefore, even if NRA Tea Partiers have a permit to carry and their firearms are legally registered in their former state, the act of actually seeking a permit in New York — depending on where they are — means that they are in possession of an illegal firearm.

Why it’s AWESOME!
If Insurrectionist Extremists move from one state to another, they may need to leave their guns behind. And New York is nearly violence free!

An excellent mix of federal, state and local laws can make the collection and preservation of antique firearms a crime. For instance, older military pistols can be confused for replica’s and new guns can’t have some old parts. It’s a felony sometimes.

Why it’s AWESOME!
Old guns were not registered and they should be destroyed.

A Shall-Issue state requires a permit to carry a concealed handgun, but the granting of such permits is subject only to meeting certain criteria laid out in the law; the granting authority has no discretion in the awarding of the permits. Such laws typically state that a granting authority shall issue a permit if the criteria are met, as opposed to laws in which the authority may issue a permit at its discretion. There are 37 Shall-Issue states. There are nine May-Issue states that allow local authorities, primarily the sheriff’s department or police, to exercise discretion in issuing permits.

Why it’s AWESOME!
The law gives local authorities the ability to dictate whether you can carry a concealed handgun, and there’s a strong possibility for that power to be used. California, in particular, gives wide latitude to local authorities within some jurisdictions, such as San Francisco, imposing a defacto “No-Issue policy.” Now the citizens of SF don’t commit crimes with guns! GO SF! This will soon spread to the rest of the country as they become sane.

Using imported parts is illegal. If this prohibition can be imposed on imports, maybe it should be made the law of the land for all manufactured guns! In California, for instance, having a pistol grip on a rifle is illegal. Of course, pistol rifle grips are found in most of the rifles used by military forces around the world, including the U.S. So, while an AK-47 is legal in California, if it has a pistol grip, it cannot have a removable magazine. You can install a “bullet button” or a “mag lock” to get around this regulation to modify the rifle to remove the magazine. Or, you can remove the pistol grip and install a “Monster Man Grip,” which negates the need for a mag lock or a bullet button but diminishes the rifle itself.

Why it’s AWESOME!
These modifications make everyone safer. Period. These laws make some guns seem more dangerous than others! People don’t like things that are dangerous. These laws cause a “chilling effect”. The inconvenience to NRA Insurrectionist Fetishists makes violence policy advocates feel good. Real Good!

Despite repeated efforts in Congress and in State Legislatures, there is still no blanket provision recognized nationwide that honors an individual’s permit to carry for any purpose. THANK GOD! A proposed federal law that would allow concealed-weapons permit holders to carry handguns across state lines has failed in the House of Representatives at least four times since 2007.

Why it’s AWESOME!
Not understanding CCW reciprocity between states (which sometimes takes a law degree) could make a gun fetishist a felon (and then prohibited from owning guns) merely by traveling across the state line!

Chicago and Blairstown, N.J., are among local jurisdictions that actually outlaw gun ranges — private or commercial — on private property. In Massachusetts, it is illegal for shooting ranges to have targets that resemble human beings.

Why it’s AWESOME!
There is no best way to safely use a firearm. Most people just hurt themselves with guns. If you try to protect yourself from a criminal they will just take it from you and you can’t just take it back because you are not a criminal. Guns aren’t necessary outside of the police and military and they already have places to train. Civilians don’t need guns so they don’t need gun training.

Some states require licensing of gun owners or the registration of handguns and long guns. Whoohooo!!! In Hawaii, gunophiles must register “firearms of any description, whether usable or unusable, serviceable or unserviceable, modern or antique.” New Jersey has three separate types of licenses — a “Firearms Purchaser Identification Card” for long guns, a “Permit to Purchase” for handguns and a separate “Permit to Carry” for handguns. Massachusetts is even better, with a “Firearm Identification Card” as well as “class A” and “class B” licenses. Good stuff!

Why it’s AWESOME!
Now we know where all the guns are and who has them! When we impose reasonable prohibitions we’ll be able to clean the illegal guns off the streets!

A sane quilt of laws could snare NRA Tea Party Gunophiles and put them in jail if, for instance, they are flying from one place to another and their plane lands in a New York City airport and there’s a firearm stowed in their luggage. In New Jersey, the law states that when a person is transporting a handgun, “the course of travel shall include only such deviations as are reasonably necessary under the circumstances.” So, if a gun fetishists takes a side trip to get lunch after shooting a rampage, they can end up in one of the Garden State’s many fine correctional institutions. A Clark County, Nevada, ordinance makes bringing a concealable firearm into the county illegal unless it is first registered with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department regardless if the possessor has a permit to carry from another state, or even from elsewhere in Nevada.

Why it’s AWESOME!
Unregistered guns should not be allowed to just travel around. There is no historical precedent for gun ownership outside of the home or militia. If it’s illegal to move around with gun then the police can easily catch bad guys.

An armed evil-doer won’t use a firearm to commit a crime if he sees a ‘Gun-Free Zone’ sign and knows he can’t take his gun there.

Why it’s AWESOME!
We can expand gun free zones as much as we want and eventually the world will be gun free!

Federal Firearms Licensees who are subject to federal rules are further monitored by states, such as California, which force them to jump through a maze of regulatory sanity to receive guns from out of state.

Why it’s AWESOME!
In addition to complying with federal regulations, a shipper must negotiate through the California Department of Justice to ship guns to dealers. This keeps illegal guns out of California. Other states could be illegal gun free if they had common sense.

A reasonable patchwork of regulations, restrictions and requirements make purchasing ammunition a criminal enterprise. New Jersey, for example, bans hollow point ammo. In some states and many local jurisdictions, it is legal to carry a high power 9 mm pistol with spare 18 round magazines, but two 5-shot snub noses is illegal. Under Massachusetts law, anyone who handles a cartridge case but doesn’t have a firearms license could, technically, be charged with a felony punishable by a two-year prison term.

Why it’s AWESOME!
An adult citizen who can vote, drive a car and drink alcohol isn’t responsible enough to handle a cartridge case or guns. You have to be police or military.

Mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched in 1998, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) in 30 states, five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, to determine if a prospective buyer has a criminal record or isn’t otherwise eligible to make a purchase. The NICS computerized system is designed to handle 150 transactions a minute with individual checks taking less than 2 minutes.

Why it’s AWESOME!
The process is supposed to be instant — as its name implies. Yet, 12 states and the District of Columbia impose a “waiting period” of one day to two weeks between receiving the NCIS green light and actually purchasing and possessing the firearm. Some people think a few parking tickets will keep them from buying a gun so they don’t bother and therefore, don’t hurt themselves! Also, bad people can’t ever get guns! Waiting makes people cool down and realize that they don’t need a gun.

A simple array of regulations that vary state-by-state, jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction, make manipulating shotgun barrels a felony here and a misdemeanor elsewhere. Under the National Firearms Act, it is illegal for a private citizen to possess a sawed-off shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches and an overall length less than 26 inches without a tax-stamped permit from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which requires a background check and a $200 fee for every transfer.

Why it’s AWESOME!
These regulations are crafted to stop criminals from concealing short-barreled shotguns while committing crimes and they have stopped them completely. Short barrel shotguns have no civilian use and therefore are not protected by the militia clause of the Second Amendment.

Nevada and Utah are the only states to allow unfettered concealed carry at all public colleges and universities. You shouldn’t go to school there! There are 21 states that expressly prohibit concealed carry on campuses even by persons with a valid concealed handgun license/permit. There are 15 so called “Right-to-Carry” states that leave the decision entirely to each college/university. In Oklahoma, students with valid permits can store their weapons in their cars parked on the state’s vocational college system’s 54 CareerTech campuses. In Texas, an individual college/university can ‘opt out’ of the state ban on firearms on campus and allow concealed carry. Proposed bills that prohibit banning the Second Amendment at college campuses were introduced in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, Indiana, Washington, Nevada, and Oklahoma during this year’s legislative sessions but all were gunned down, except in Nevada.

Why it’s AWESOME!
Drunk college kids will just have “wild west” type shootouts over quantum physics disputes so they are not mature enough to own or carry guns. Period.

Local law agencies pay people who turn in unregistered guns. The idea is to get all the illegal guns off the street, no questions asked. Offering grandma a gift certificate at the Piggly Wiggly for grandpa’s assault weapon of mass destruction makes society safer.

Why it’s AWESOME!
$100 dollar gift certificates are an excellent incentive for people to forfeit their arms. Getting people used to the idea of turning in their guns will make it easier for them to do it later when guns are illegal. Showing people piles of illegal guns that were on the street creates support for more reasonable restrictions.

Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to the police or risk arrest, imprisonment, and/or fines. California, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are also considering mandatory reporting laws.

Why it’s AWESOME!
NRA Extremist Insurrectionists don’t care if their guns are lost or stolen and used in crimes. They should be held liable for any damage done with their gun after it was stolen. If people have to report stolen guns then they can be put in the system when their gun is stolen if there is not currently a registration scheme in their state. If they don’t report the stolen gun then we can lock them up and they will never have guns again!


4 thoughts on “Guide To Gun Regulations

  1. Anonymous April 24, 2012 / 5:33 am

    your the reason i carry

  2. Anonymous May 25, 2012 / 10:55 pm

    You sir are a genius and I wholeheartedly approve of your glorious crusade to rid this world of guns and make it safe and happy like it was before guns were invented. Like you mentioned there are many things we can do to go back to those happy days, like expanding gun free zones. I think the problem with so many massacres today is that there are not enough gun free zones and that the signs are not big enough. Usually its just a small decal on doors. Obviously criminals dont read them but if we just used huge neon signs on every school and college then they would get the message and stop commiting their criminal acts in those places!

    But my favorite solutions are the broken, haphazard, and incredibly bureaucratic entanglement of laws that result in senseless and irrational things like gun owners (bad!) risking imprisonment if they are travelling and have to cross gun free (good!) places like NY. I simply love this! By being irrational and senseless we can keep gun owners (evil!) guessing and make them afraid of not knowing if a trivial detail can get them in trouble (very good!). For example I sometimes go to gun ranges and check everyone’s weapons. Once I found a guy using a Weapon of Mass Terrorism aka Saiga with AK47 magazines and he said it was 922 compliant because he was using U.S made Magazines plus 1 extra part. Well when he was not looking I replaced the floorplate on one of the mags for a NON-US made one and he put it in his gun so it automatically transformed his Saiga into an ILLEGAL, TERRORIST ASSAULT GUN!!!!!
    I immediately called the BATFE and told them I had caught a terrorist that was using illegally configured military assault soviet gun and they got him. If we keep on using tactics like this I am sure we can finally get all the weapons banned and then we can arrest everyone who has ever been a gun owner because as you know, they are anti-gvoernment extremist nut cases with no place in a civilized society.

  3. Anonymous September 28, 2012 / 8:02 am

    This site and the “extremists” that made it have a very closed mind on a very grey topic. New York has plent of shooting crimes, watch the news one time. Having a grace period is a good thing for legal responsible owners. Criminals are going to get weapons either way with or with out the stamp, (which I’m for) and they don’t care about any bans. We live in the united states of America, if you want gun control go to a place where guns are prohibited from the citizens that live there, like hitlers Germany. If you take the guns away from the people you give the government full control and you create a police state, and that is just what our fore fathers fought against. So I ask you why are guns so bad? How else can I ensure my family is protected from harm, how else can the military fight for your fressdom and how else can I protect others from another massacre like Colorado. Legal citizens have the right to bear arms because this is America.

  4. Anonymous November 12, 2014 / 5:46 am

    Are you for real .i thought was a joke about the idiots making gun control laws. But it looks like your serious. You have to be a fucking idiot to think any of this would really work. Hello crimnals dont care about gun laws and regulations , hence the meaning crimnal

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