Firearm Bans

State Firearm Bans

Bans on carrying concealed weapons

    • February 3, 1813 Kentucky
    • March 25, 1813 Louisiana
    • January 14, 1820 Indiana
    • December 25, 1837 Georgia
    • 1837-38 Legislative Session Arkansas
    • January 27, 1838 Tennessee
    • February 2, 1838 Virginia
    • February 1, 1839 Alabama

  • 1976 District of Columbia banned the possession of any handguns that were not already possessed and registered by residents, and the use of any gun for self‐​defense
  • 1981 Morton Grove, Illinois banned handguns
  • 1982 California proposed a “handgun freeze” allowing current owners to keep their handguns but banned any new acquisitions. The measure was defeated 63–37
    – Republican candidate won by 1% in the governor’s race because of so many additional voters in opposition to the handgun freeze
  • 1983 Chicago, and suburbs of; Evanston, Oak Park & Wilmette enacted handgun bans
    – national backlash many states passed preemption laws, forbidding localities from banning handguns
  • 1990s most of the United States, local handgun bans were outlawed

Federal Firearm Bans

  • Mailing of Firearms Act of 1927
    Banned the shipping of concealable handguns through the mail
  • Undetectable Firearms Act (p.50)
    – Effective: December 9, 1988 = Expired on: November 10, 1998
    – Congress renewed it again in 1998 for five years (2003)
    – Congress renewed it again in 2003 for ten years (2013)
    – Congress renewed it again in 2013 for another ten years (2023)
  • Semi Automatic Rifle Import Ban (1989)
    – July 7, 1989 – Signed
  • Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA)
    November 29, 1990
       introduced by Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin signed into
  • Federal Assault Weapons Ban AWB
    – passed by the US Congress on September 13, 1994


2A Laws in the USA

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