Ms. Catherine Piela
29 November 2010
Illegal Gun Purchases in the United States
For years, people in the United States of America have been allowed to own firearms. This was a right given to them by the constitution, and if the person met all the requirements for a gun. But, within the last couple of years people who are not legally allowed to own a gun in the United States have found different ways in which to obtain one. Some ways in which people are able get guns appears to be perfectly legal, but when looked at closely it can be seen that this way of purchasing is not so legal. The ways in which people are able to illegally obtain guns is through gun shows, private sellers and the black market. I personally believe that the illegal selling of guns within the United States is a major problem that needs to be solved. Some states have tried to close the gun show loophole by trying to take control of gun shows and say when and where they are allowed I personally, think laws should be changed so that people are not able to get guns so easily in the United States.
One of the most recent and biggest gun laws in the United States is the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. This act made it so that licensed gun sellers had to wait at least five days to sell a gun to a person, during this time the gun seller was required to perform a background check on the purchaser. Although this law helped solve problems with background checks for licensed gun sellers, there was still the problem that private gun sellers were not Stagliano 2
affected by this new law. This means that if a person was to go to a private gun seller, they could easily get a gun the same day without having a background check performed on them. A major problem as of right now with this act is that it has just expired, making it so that licensed gun sellers no longer have to perform background checks at gun shows. Other laws that have helped put a stop...