Use of weapons in the United States: why it is a constitutional right and who can access one

Use of weapons in the United States: why it is a constitutional right and who can access one

The right to bear arms in USA it is as important as the right to life, according to the constitution of that country. As stated in the second amendment, the state cannot violate the power of the people to keep and bear arms.

It is one of the three countries around the world in which the possession of firearms is legal, along with Mexico and Guatemala. However, as ABC highlights, the rate of elements of this type exceeds the population.

There are 120 firearms for every 100 Americans, according to a report by the Swiss organization Small Arms Survey (SAS). Currently, the population of the North American country exceeds 332 million inhabitants, thus making it the nation with more firearms than people.

Why is it legal to have a gun in the US?

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (“A well-ordered militia being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”).

With this 27-word phrase in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution USA, the inhabitants of that country claim to have the right to own weapons that could be used against an impending war or against tyranny.

The SAS estimates that Americans own 393 million of the 857 million available civilian weapons, the equivalent of 46% of the world’s civilian arsenal.

How many Americans own a gun?

As detailed by the Spanish media, which collects a Gallup survey from October 2020, around 44% of American adults live with a weapon in their home and a third own one personally.

The minimum age to carry or acquire long weapons, such as shotguns or rifles, is 18 years, while for short or hand firearms it is 21 years.

However, the law states that those convicted of a felony, assault, domestic violence or terroristic threats are prohibited from legally acquiring one.

How many guns are sold each year in the US?

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of USA estimated in 2018 that at least 9 million firearms were manufactured in the country, more than double produced in 2008.

With this sum, in 29 of the 50 states of USA, Civilians can openly carry loaded guns around state capitals, and in more than 40 states, residents can carry loaded semiautomatic rifles without a license or training.

In Texas where the last attack took place that killed more than 15 children in a school, Bill 1927 (Law on the Carrying of Firearms) was approved in September 2021, which allows the free use of weapons throughout the state.

Iowa, Tennessee, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming all passed legislation in 2021 allowing some type of carry without a permit.

California and the District of Columbia prohibit open carry of loaded long guns.

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