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The History of Gun Ownership in America

The History of Gun Ownership in America
The Second Amendment 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 infringed."  This amendment was ratified on December 15, 1791.  America has a long history with gun ownership.  There is no end in sight for the current division of the pro and anti-gun argument in this country.  It's important to note that gun laws go way back and most gun owners are in favor of background checks for private and gun show sales.  The average gun owner believes owning a gun makes him or her safer.  This idea has been around for quite some time.
According to Procon.org, around the time of the American Revolution (1775-1783), "Several colonies' gun laws required that heads of households (including women) own guns and that all able-bodied men enroll in the militia and carry personal firearms."  Along with these requirements also came restrictions.  It was against the law to sell guns to Native Americans, Irish servants, slaves, doctors, school masters, lawyers, and millers.
During the "Wild West" era (roughly the 1865-1895), the laws seemed to become even stricter.  Some cities even required outsiders to have their guns checked with the sheriff before they could enter. On November 17, 1871, the National Rifle Association (NRA) was founded.  The goal back then was to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis" to improve the marksmanship of Union troops."
In the early 1900's, mafia crimes sparked a cry for stricter gun control laws, specifically targeting machine guns.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 was prompted by the assassinations of many celebrities of the time, including Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy.  According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "This Legislation regulated interstate and foreign commerce in firearms, including importation, "prohibited persons", and licensing provisions."
The Firearm Owners' Protection Act of 1986 states that gun dealers no longer have to keep track of ammunition sales, allowed gun dealers to sell guns away from the address listed on their license, and lifted many other previous restrictions.
The Brady Act of 1993 required a five-day waiting period for a licensed seller to hand over a gun to an unlicensed person in states without an alternate background check system.  The five-day waiting period has since been revised to an instant background check.  In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed The Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which outlawed 19 models of semi-automatic assault weapons as well as large-capacity magazines manufactured after this law's enactment. However, the NRA lobbied against this act and in 2004 this ban was not renewed.
  In 2005, President George W. Bush enacted The Child Safety Lock Act.  This requires all handguns to be sold with a "secure gun storage or safety device."  This goes along with another Act issued at the same time called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects manufacturers from being sued by families of gun death victims.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 was in response to the 2007 Virginia Tech University shooting.  This allowed the Attorney General to gain access to information pertinent to background checks, such as disqualifying mental conditions.
In 2016, President Obama pushed several executive actions through on gun control.  These actions included updated background checks, funding for ballistics evidence, and creating an Internet Investigations Center to track illegal online gun trafficking.
Currently, each state has their own set of gun laws and there is a wide range of strictness.  Arizona has the most lenient gun laws, while California has the strictest.  Even if you have a concealed weapons permit, most states ban carrying on K-12 school grounds.
It seems with every shooting the debate is reignited and each side is pushing for or against more gun control.  One side says stricter gun laws will prevent these shootings from occurring while the other side says criminals don't follow the law, therefore the regulations wouldn't have an effect on these incidents anyway.  It appears this issue isn't going anywhere, so the best we can do is follow the law and take all safety precautions possible when purchasing, handling, and firing firearms.

Can Your Landlord Ban Guns in Your Home?

 With all the controversy currently surrounding gun control, being knowledgeable about both sides of the issue is extremely helpful.  Whether you own guns for protection and think shooting is an important skill or you just want to learn more about gun laws, being aware is always a plus.  So the question is, can a landlord prevent you from owning guns if you’re living on their property?  The answer is, it depends on where you live.

The only states that have specific laws about this are Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  John Triplett of rentalhousingjournal.com summarizes each law for us.  “Minnesota says a landlord cannot restrict the lawful carry or possession of firearms by tenants or their guests” and Virginia’s law is stated very similarly.  In contrast, Tennessee’s law states “A private landlord can prohibit tenants, including those who hold handgun carry permits, from possessing firearms within a leased premises. Such a prohibition may be imposed through a clause in the lease.”  He goes on to say, “Wisconsin has a complicated maze of where a weapon can and cannot be possessed.”

The other states leave this decision up to the individual landowner.  Sometimes there are signs displayed letting you know the policy of a property.  The lease agreement should have more information about the specific gun regulations if there are any.  It is important to note if you violate a lease agreement that prohibits firearms on the property, you may be subject to eviction.

This issue is definitely complicated and requires research on the part of the landlord and renter in each situation.  If you discover a property you’re looking at doesn’t allow guns and you know that won’t work for you, it’s probably in everyone’s best interest to find a place where they are allowed.  It might take some work, but knowing and following the law will serve you best in the long run.








Why You Should Pick Up Your Brass

Why You Should Pick Up Your Brass

Practice shooting can be a fun and important experience whether you’re at a gun range or on private property.  It also comes with a lot of responsibility, safety, being the main concern.  But have you ever thought about the responsibility of cleaning up after a shooting session? 

Not only is this a respectful practice, it can also be extremely helpful.  You can reload your brass and get more practice out of the already used rounds.  If you want to make a little extra money, you can recycle your brass bullets and get up to $1.50 for every pound.  That may not seem like much, but hundreds of rounds can add up fast, especially if you love to shoot. 

An Ammo-Up machine costs $495, so it would take 330 pounds of brass to pay for one of our units.  Once you own an Ammo-Up, picking up the brass and reusing or recycling it will be a breeze.

So the next time you finish a shooting session, take a few extra moments to prevent waste and always reuse and recycle your brass!