Crimes and Gun control

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Gun-control, term that refers to the management of firearms in an effort to reduce criminal use of weapons. Gun-control generally is concerned with the passage of legislation- on a local, state, or national level-that places restrictions on legal ownership of certain firearms. These restrictions often involve mandatory waiting periods for prospective gun buyers or banning the sale of some weapons altogether. In the early 1990s there were more than 200 million privately owned guns in the United States alone. Even with the restrictions on guns ownership there are still more than 65 million handguns in circulation. Even with the supporters of gun-control law as myself and many law-enforcement groups, the efforts to enact national gun-control laws will meet fierce opposition from the gun lobby, because it does not meet the standard of the Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

In United States guns are widely available for purchase, even mail orders for guns are available without going through a waiting period, except for some states.

It is the example of handguns related crime are higher than any other crime in the U.S, and the law is not stopping people from buying guns. Many politicians and citizens believe that the number of handguns in the U.S. is too high, and are making an effort to reduce the number of handguns in circulation is unimaginable. According to the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees that 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.' Those opposed to controls interpret this to mean that the government has no right to limit or ban ownership of guns.

The opponents of the Gun Control Act, the National Rifle Association (NRA), believing that the rights of law-abiding citizens to buy, own,