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Gun control: Six proposals that may be discussed after Connecticut shooting
In the wake of a tragic school shooting in Connecticut, President Barack Obama and others have called for new gun-control legislation.
Storified by Digital First Media · Mon, Dec 17 2012 12:57:33
In the wake of a tragic school shooting in Connecticut, President Barack Obama and others have called for new gun-control legislation. The exact proposals are not yet known, but supporters will likely draw upon recent unsuccessful efforts. Below are six restrictions that have been discussed in recent years.
Restricting assault weapons
Semiautomatic weapons are displayed in a Montgomery, Ala., police station in 2004. (AP Photo/Haraz Ghanbari).
From 1994 to 2004, federal law barred the manufacture of 19 types of semi-automatic weapons for civilian use. Guns were banned for having such features as a pistol grip to make it easier to fire repeatedly. There have been
a dozen unsuccessful attempts
to reinstate the ban since it expired.
Restricting conversion kits
Though the federal ban on assault weapons expired, some states have passed their own laws. In California, which has the toughest gun laws in the nation, some manufacturers have gotten around an assault weapons ban by selling “conversion kits” which add those features to other guns. A state senator has
proposed banning those tools
Restricting high-capacity magazines
A pair of ammunition magazines, one that can hold 10 shots, right, and a 20-round magazine are displayed for a photo in 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Closing the ‘gun show loophole’
Collectors look for bargains at a National Rifle Association sponsored gun show in 1999. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Adding the terrorist watch list to background checks
The federal government maintains a much-criticized terrorist watch list with more than a million names. People on the watch list
were cleared to buy guns
nine times out of 10, according to a government report. Lautenberg has proposed adding the watch list to the background check system.
Restricting gun sales to the mentally ill
A video aired by NBC News shows Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui. (AP Photo/NBC)
The federal background check system includes records of people who are seriously mentally ill, but some say it is not extensive enough. The shooters at Virginia Tech and Arizona were not on the list, for example. Republican
Rep. Jason Chaffetz
of Utah said he would support stronger measures.