OPINION: Facts about Gun Laws in the US

An article detailing some of the laws that are on the books and some of the lobbying that gun rights advocates use to avoid abiding by those laws.

This opinion article was contributed by community member Terry Butler. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent BenitoLink or other affiliated contributors.


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Current CA Gun Law

California law does not require someone to prove that they know how to handle a firearm safely before receiving a permit to carry a concealed, loaded firearm in public.

Background checks

Currently, background checks are only required under federal law for sales conducted by licensed dealers. This lets criminals and other prohibited purchasers acquire guns — often from strangers met online or at gun shows — without a background check, no questions asked.

Illegal Gun Trafficking

Felons, convicted domestic abusers, and other groups of people at elevated risk of committing gun crimes are prohibited by law from buying or possessing firearms. But traffickers are able to take advantage of our nation’s porous laws to buy guns from lawful owners and transfer them to criminals, turning a profit and putting guns into dangerous hands.

Online Gun Sales

Currently, federal law requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks for all gun sales, but in most states, background checks are not required for person-to-person sales by an unlicensed seller. Many of these sales take place between anonymous strangers who meet online, where a vast digital marketplace for guns has emerged. Today, hundreds of thousands of guns are available for sale from unlicensed online sellers at the click of a mouse, no questions asked and no background check required.

All of the above info is taken from the website Everytown For Gun Safety, an organization devoted to stopping illegal gun sales in the US.



The Gun Manufacturer's Lobbying Effort

Total for Gun Rights: $2,445,633

Total Number of Clients Reported: 8

Total Number of Lobbyists Reported: 41

Campaign Contributions from this industry

National Rifle Association: $971,000

National Shooting Sports Foundation: $970,000

National Association for Gun Rights: $324,904

Safari Club International: $60,000

Citizens Committee for Right Keep & Bear Arms: $44,729

Boone & Crockett Club: $35,000

American Suppressor Association: $20,000

Dallas Safari Club: $20,000

The NRA Gun Lobbying Effort

Over the last four decades, the leaders of the National Rifle Association have steered the organization away from advocating on behalf of sportsmen and hunters towards lobbying for the most extreme policies and opposing virtually all gun violence prevention legislation. In recent years, that’s meant working tirelessly to prevent the passage of common-sense laws that would do more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

NOTE: All lobbying expenditures on this page come from the Senate Office of Public Records. Data for the most recent year was downloaded on April 24, 2018.

Data from: The Center for Responsive Politics

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Terry Butler

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