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Gun Background Checks: How the State Came To Decide Who Can and Cannot Buy a Firearm


Prior to 1968, most adults in the United States could purchase a firearm without state interference. Guns were available in local retail stores, as well as mail-order catalogs, and as long as you hadn’t been convicted of a felony and you had the funds, there weren’t any questions asked.

Things are different now. Depending on where in America you are and what type of gun you want to buy, there’s a good chance you’ll need to pass a NICS-mandated background check to complete your purchase.  

Although many people hold a strong opinion for and against gun background checks, they’ve proven to be an integral part of the state’s gun control apparatus – and they don’t appear to be leaving anytime soon.

Since background checks are such a requirement for today’s gun enthusiasts, it’s important for gun owners (and those who may someday be gun owners) to understand everything they can, including how the current system works and how it came to be.

The History of Gun Background Checks in the U.S.

The history of background checks for gun purchases reaches back to the first restrictions placed on individuals trying to purchase firearms. Here in the U.S., this occured after the Civil War, when several southern states adopted “Black Codes,” which replaced the prior slave codes and worked to suppress the freedoms of black Americans. Among other restrictions, the Black Codes forbade African-Americans from owning firearms.

The Federal Firearms Act of 1938 began restricting the sales of firearms, requiring those in the business of selling firearms to purchase a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and maintain a list of persons who purchased firearms, including their name and address. The Firearms Act of 1938 also listed convicted felons as the first prohibited persons – who are not allowed, by law, to own, purchase, or possess firearms.

Read the rest here: https://ammo.com/articles/background-checks-guide-history-nics-how-they-work

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3 Responses to Gun Background Checks: How the State Came To Decide Who Can and Cannot Buy a Firearm

  1. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Prohibited persons include those who are or were:

    Adjudicated as a mental defective or been committed to a mental health institution
    Subject to a court order that restrains their interactions with an intimate partner or child
    Convicted of domestic violence

    ‘Red Flag’ laws now.

    • Cynicles says:

      Red Flag laws are totalitarian rule, tyrannous by any name.

    • You must remember that a “person” is an entity, corporation etc. This does not pertain to the American Nationalist. These are statutes and they must have one’s consent to be valid or enforceable. Check the implementing regulation dates at the end of the statute, if the dates and statute #’s are encircled by brackets [ ] , they are void. Please do some personal research.WAKE UP TO WHAT IS GOING ON.

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