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Title: Legislation To Modify the 1968 Gun Control Act: Hearings Before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime of the House Judiciary Committee on October 28, 30, November 9, 1985; February 19 and 27, 1986, Part 1
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Subcommittee on Crime
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 831
Sponsoring Agency: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Congress
Washington, DC 20515
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America
Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a transcript of testimony in hearings before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime of the House Judiciary Committee regarding legislation that would modify the 1968 Gun Control Act
Abstract: Much of the testimony focuses on the McClure-Volkmer bill, S. 49, which was passed by the Senate. Most witnesses, including representatives of law enforcement, oppose any easing of Federal law that requires a waiting period before a firearm purchase, during which background checks can be conducted to prevent the unlawful sale of firearms to persons with criminal histories and histories of mental disorder. Most witnesses, including victims of firearms crimes and their families, believe this is a reasonable effort to keep firearms out of the hands of those who would misuse them, without putting an undue burden on legal owners and users of firearms. Representatives from various gun owners associations, namely, the Firearms Hard Corps, Gun Owners of America, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, argue, on the other hand, that legislation that restricts and impedes the commercial sale of firearms does little or nothing to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals while it undermines the access of law-abiding citizens to firearms.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Federal legislation; Gun Control Act of 1968; Gun control legislation
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