AMERICA'S DOMINANT GUN CONTROL
In order to assess what gun control options are available to the United States, it is necessary to have a firm grasp on the gun controls we have now. Part II provides an in-depth look at the 1993 Brady Law, the most important federal gun control law since the 1968 Gun Control Act (GCA). The Brady Law extended the model of federal firearms legislation, begun by the 1938 FFA and carried forward by the 1968 GCA, that seeks to keep handguns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. The Brady Law requires federally licensed firearms dealers (FFLs) to submit the names of prospective firearms purchasers to the government so that a background check can be carried out to determine whether the purchaser is ineligible to buy a gun.
Chapter 4 assays the politics of the Brady Law, illuminating the time, effort, and political circumstances required to pass even modest federal gun control legislation. Chapter 5 sets forth the details of the Brady Law and explains the significance of the Supreme Court's Printz decision that held one part of the Brady Law unconstitutional. Chapter 6 exposes the gaping holes in the Brady Law's regulatory web, while chapter 7 evaluates the Brady Law's impact on violent crime.