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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gun Control Act (1968)

Gun Control Act (1968)

Pub. L. No. 90-618, 82 Stat. 1213 - Chapter 44 of Title 18, United States Code
United States federal law that regulates the firearms industry and firearms owners. The Gun Control Act of 1968 focuses on regulating interstate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers

GCA is Title I of the U.S. federal firearms laws

Enforced by the ATF

Added a "sporting purpose" test which bans import of military rifles

ATF Form 4590, Factoring Criteria for Weapons, evaluates imported handguns

Where we get:

The 10 restrictions on firearm ownership (the questions on Form 4473)

Created the FFL License System, Gunsmiths and Manufacturers

Required Serial Numbers on Firearms

Prohibits persons under 18 from possessing handguns or handgun ammunition

Effectively prohibited the direct mail order of firearms

922r (firearm assembly regulation)

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