Restrictions on gun purchases vary widely by state

Restrictions on gun purchases vary widely by state

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - (With information from Inside Gov)

The Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to keep and bear arms in the United States. Recent tragedies related to gun violence have spurred conversations about and calls for legislation dealing with firearm sales.

Georgia, along with nearly all the Southern and Western states, has a low gun restrictions score, according to The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

In January, President Obama took to national TV to call for tighter restrictions on firearm purchases and background checks, and criticized the National Rifle Association, as he said his executive actions making guns harder to get are "not a plot to take away everybody's guns."

As CNN reported in January, among those who live in an armed household, only 29% favor stricter laws. It is 65% among the unarmed. Just 35% approve of Obama's handling of gun policy, including 56% of Democrats and 55% of liberals. That's well below his approval rating among Democrats/liberals for other top issue.

As WALB has reported, South Georgia gun sales spike whenever Obama talks about guns.


The attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan led to the passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which mandates a background check on all individuals who purchase a gun from a federally licensed dealer.

Proponents for stricter gun control laws believe gun violence would be reduced with more regulations in place. Proposed procedures include waiting periods for guns and closing the "gun show loophole" in which private firearm sellers are not required to perform background checks on buyers — a situation that may occur at a gun show.

Opponents of gun control state that restrictions on purchasing guns infringes on the individual right guaranteed in the Second Amendment.

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