Following the tragedy in Connecticut, there has been extra discussion about the purchase and possession of firearms.
Some people are concerned that new legislation will be enacted to make gun buying more difficult.
With every state writing their own separate laws, sometimes it can be confusing to keep them straight. We wanted to know, what does it take to buy a high powered weapon, such as an assault rifle?
It turns out the laws in Georgia and Alabama are very similar; you only need to show a state ID that proves you're eighteen years old. You also don't need any special permit, but one thing that is the same in every state, you are required to pass a federal background check.
"When we call that in, they tell us if it's okay to release the firearm at the time of purchase, if not, you could possibly be delayed, and they never tell us why, and if a firearm's delayed, it could take up to three days in order for it to process," said Tim Parker of Money Mizer in Phenix City.
If an application is delayed, it means the buyer has matched one or more categories on a long list of potentially disqualifying circumstances, such as a felony conviction, a person with active warrants, or a history of domestic violence. Following three business days, a background check examiner will notify the dealer to either proceed with or deny the transaction.
If they pass immediately, the gun buyer can walk out of the store with an assault rifle in as few as fifteen minutes after walking in the door.
Handguns have a few more restrictions than rifles. Purchasers must be at least 21-years-old and they have to be bought in the state where the customer lives. All licensed dealers, including pawn shops, are held to the same requirements.
List of disqualifying criteria for firearms background checks. (Source: FBI)
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