Buying a gun in much of America is often as simple as forking over the cash, with no background check required. In fact, it can be much more of a hassle to buy a package of cold medication than to purchase a firearm. President Barack Obama and a handful of state legislatures are hoping to change that by pushing for tougher gun laws, which vary dramatically from state to state. In Texas, for example, there is no waiting period and no state gun registration system. Federal law requires that all licensed firearms dealers conduct background checks, but the restriction doesn’t apply to private sales and some gun shows. In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December that killed 26 people, including 20 children. Several recent surveys suggest most Americans favor tighter gun control. Some 92% of people support background checks for all gun buyers, and 91% of households with a gun support such a measure, according to a survey released last month by the independent Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.
By: Joseph Pedraza