State Gun Laws

In the United States, there are certain laws and regulations that each citizen must obey in order to sell, buy and use a gun. Some of these laws have federal and state origins. In fact, individual state laws vary, and sometimes hold broader or narrower limitations than the federal government-imposed restrictions. For example, several states have restricted the sale, purchase, and ownership of all assault weapons that are similar to the federal assault weapons ban that expired on September 13, 2004. The majority of U.S. states have a provision that reflects to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, except for California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York. However, the Supreme Court of the United States dictates that the Second Amendment overrides any state government-imposed provisions that limits the civil liberties of U.S. citizens.