Existing Gun Controls
The federal government pays virtually no attention to the design, manufacture, or marketing of guns. The two agencies with potential jurisdiction over these matters, the BATF and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) currently lack the authority to address them. This lack of federal supervision of the gun industry allows several dangerous conditions to persist. —Million Mom March Foundation, www.millionmommarch.org
With more than 20,000 laws on the books at the local, state and federal levels, firearms are in fact one of the most regulated products in America. —National Rifle Association, Online Fact Sheet
The history of federal firearms regulation provides perspective on the kinds of gun controls that are within the realm of the possible for the United States. It is likely that future federal gun control legislation will build upon the foundation that has been established over the past 75 years. Up until now the principal federal policy is that law-abiding adults should be allowed to purchase and possess firearms, at least in their homes, but that dangerous classes of people should be denied access to guns and should be punished for possessing them. Furthermore, both federal and state criminal laws provide very serious punishment for crimes committed with a firearm.