If you had to guess which states had the strictest gun laws, would you know off the top of your head? Gun laws are extremely complicated in the United States, and they vary from state to state and from city to city. Some laws are Federal, though even those can be confusing.
For starters, even though the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, there are some Federal laws in place that prevent certain individuals from owning guns. Convicted felons, anyone convicted of domestic abuse, and anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from purchasing firearms.
Currently only California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, Washington State, and Washington D.C. require universal background checks for all classes of weapons at the point of sale. Maryland and Pennsylvania only require them for handguns.
Learn more about America’s widely varying gun laws from this infographic. You might be surprised how different things are from state to state!