What are the federal gun control laws?

There are a variety of federal gun control laws in the United States which control the use, sale, transport, taxation and licensing of firearms. For example, under the Federal Firearms Act of 1938, gun dealers must obtain a license and the Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits felons and the mentally ill from purchasing guns.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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