National Instant Criminal Background Check System

 launched by the FBI on November 30, 1998

United States system for determining if prospective firearms or explosives buyers’ name and birth year match those of a person who is not eligible to buy through an FFL

Background checks are not required under federal law
for intrastate firearm transfers between private parties

Lautenberg Amendment

The Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban,

  • September 30, 1996
  • 1996 Enacted by the 104th United States Congress
  • bans access to firearms by people convicted of crimes of domestic violence
  • called “the Lautenberg Amendment”
  • sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D – NJ).
  • Gun Ban for Individuals Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence”
  • Pub.L. 104–208, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9))
  • Amendment to the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997

Dickey Amendment

1996 – Stopped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from promoting gun control

Dr. Timothy Wheeler Helped de-fund the CDC Gun Control Spending

  • 2012, President Barack Obama directed the CDC to “conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it.”
  • 2015 funded a research project and conducting their own study

Gun-Free School Zones Act

Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA)

  • November 29, 1990
  • introduced by Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin
  • signed into law by President George H. W. Bush.
  • act of the U.S. Congress prohibiting any unauthorized individual from knowingly possessing a loaded or unsecured firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone
  • applies to public, private, and parochialelementary schools and high schools
  • applies to non-private property within 1000 feet of schools

 

  • It provides that the states and their political subdivisions may issue licenses that exempt the licensed individuals from the prohibition.

Semi Automatic Rifle Import Ban (1989)

 

  • Wed March 15, 1989 – spring suspension
  • July 7, 1989 – Signed into law
  • Bush Administration
  • banned imports of semiautomatic assault rifles indefinitely
  • announced by William J. Bennett, the director of national drug policy
  • requests from importers to bring in the rifles had nearly tripled those for all of 1988
  • Law enforcement officers have complained they are often outgunned by drug-traffickers and other criminals who carry high-powered weapons that fire many rounds without needing reloading.
  • Doctors and nurses in major cities have reported sharp increases in the numbers of deaths and serious wounds from such weapons
  • firearms dealers attributed the sharp jump in import-permit applications to a fear by the gun-owning public that purchase of the weapons soon would be prohibited
  • Stephen E. Higgins, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, estimated that half the owners of assault rifles are collectors.
  • The permanent ban affected all 43 of the 50 models included in the spring suspension

 

B

Imports cited by Bennett

  • 1988 = 113,732
  • 1987 = 40,000
  • 1986 = 4,000