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Who should regulate guns – the federal government or the states?

By John Vettese, Student Voices staff writer

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two pieces of legislation that gun rights advocates see as a blow to their Second Amendment freedoms.

One law outlaws “open carry” of firearms. That means carrying a gun in a way that other people can see it. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, “Any type of weapon being carried, openly or concealed, could appear as … a public safety threat.” Law enforcement officers and members of the military are exempt from the law, and it does not apply at gun shows or on designated hunting lands. Those who break the law are subject to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

The second law requires the state to keep records of rifle sales – effectively treating rifles and handguns in the same fashion.

Gov. Brown signed this legislation at a point when national trends favor looser gun laws. Forty-two states allow open carry, and a law being debated in Congress could make stricter state gun laws obsolete.

Introduced by Florida Rep. Cliff Stearns, the National Right-to-Carry Act (H.R. 822) would require all states to honor weapons permits issued by any other state. In other words, if a gun owner had a permit to carry in Utah, which has relatively relaxed gun laws, and traveled to California, which has strict gun laws, California would not be able to punish the gun owner for any violations of its laws.

Proponents see this as a solution to the clash between the Second Amendment, which the courts have generally said gives individuals the right to use and buy guns, and the 10th Amendment, which allows states to pass laws regulating any matter the federal government has not ruled on – including firearms.

But some states issue out-of-state gun permits, including Utah, where gun permits are issued to anyone who is not a felon, attends a class and pays a registration fee. Last year, gun permit sales generated $2.5 million in revenue for the state’s coffers. And critics think this is a blow to states that want to exercise stricter regional control over guns.

“There are no standards in the bill,” California Assemblyman Mike Feuer told the Sacramento Bee. “Whatever state that has the least restrictions would be the law of the entire country.”

What do you think?

Who should regulate guns – the federal government or the states? Do you agree with California’s laws banning open carry of guns and keeping records of rifles? What do you think of the National Right-to-Carry Act? Should states honor gun laws no matter where they are passed? Join the discussion!
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12/10/2017
New york
Selena
Ilean Palioda, motthall5
For the people that think that guns should be taken from civilians in total I believe that there are many ways to get a chance to live in a community where you are not scared for your life and have to try and protect yourself. If you feel threatened by someone or something then there is no need to get a gun.THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED 911 AND HELP FROM THE POLICE .

12/2/2017
Shreveport louisisana
Josh
Montessori school
For the people that think that think guns should be taken from civilians in total let me ask you this: someone breaks in your house and is hurting your family or robbing you or hurting you what are you going to do sit there and talk about it?

11/21/2017
colon
Adrian
colon jr/senor high school
in my opinion i feel like guns should be regulated

10/26/2017
Baltimore/Maryland
Dirty Curry
Ms.Sakmar
I BELIEVE THAT GUNS SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN CREATED.

9/29/2017
Los Angeles California
Andrew
South Gate High School
In my own personal opinion, I believe that gun laws should be left up to the states decision. If the federal government has control over those laws, they control a nation, not one individual state. When you have a group that has control over that widespread of an area, they make decisions that not all tend to agree with. Thus leading to my point of power corrupts the powerful, Where as if the states had control, they could make the law so that it fits to what that states people want and this would result in a more satisfied law....

9/7/2017
Connecticut
Gortat
Mr. Richards
In my own personal opinion, I believe that gun laws should be left up to the states decision. If the federal government has control over those laws, they control a nation, not one individual state. When you have a group that has control over that widespread of an area, they make decisions that not all tend to agree with. Thus leading to my point of power corrupts the powerful, Where as if the states had control, they could make the law so that it fits to what that states people want and this would result in a more satisfied law. Id also like to state that if guns were to be taken away from the citizens and homeowners of cities and larger towns,it would make them more vulnerable to burglary and theft because its taking their way of protection away and assuring criminals that they're not going to get shot when they rob a house. Criminals are a part of the problem but another example is hunters and people live where they need that deer or elk they shoot before winter comes. Sure they can use a bow but they're not guaranteed to get the meat where as with the rifle their chance is greater. Gun laws are important in many ways, we just need to make sure that the right choices happen when it comes to the rules that are being applied to them.

2/28/2017
Stafford, Virginia
Andrew
Mountain View High School
I believe that the government has no power when it comes to gun control.The second amendment states "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." This means that we have the right to own a firearm and that word infringed means not to change or take away. This whole issue is up to the states not to the national government according to the 10th amendment white states that if its not in one of the amendment then it is up to the states.

12/29/2016
Mt. Olive, Illinois
Dennis
none
I sincerely believe that the 2nd Amendment says it all. The right to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed. This being said, we need to make sure that guns do not get into the hands of the wrong people. Extensive Background check. However there should be national reciprocity as well.

11/4/2016
Evergreen, Colorado
Logan
Evergreen High School
It disgusts me that the need for firearm reform is disputed at all. The arguments against reform are few and flimsy, and always resort back to a vague amendment written 225 years ago. Even more recent, contentious displays of the Second Amendment are flawed. Concealed carry, “is not, and never has been, protected by the Second Amendment” (U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals) and open carry could be described as, “frighting”, which is defined by the late Antonin Scalia as a practice where people, “carried around a really horrible weapon just to scare people.” Conservatives are known to call for tax cuts, and with more stringent “gun identification requirements”, they could save roughly 3.854 billion USD in American tax dollars yearly (Gun Control, Business Insider). It’s illogical to have more firearms in a home to reduce violence because states with a higher rate of firearms per home have “disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides” (LiveScience). Any sane person, when presented with as much correlative evidence, would conclude that it would be beneficial to immediately reform the gun laws in this country to further “insure domestic Tranquility” and “promote the general Welfare”.

10/19/2016
Victorville, California
Jessica
University Preparatory
I believe that guns should be regulated by the states because if I live in Alaska I need a bigger gun than if I am in New York. I also believe that everyone should have conceal-carry permits due to the fact that if I want to rob someone, I don't know who else has a gun.

10/6/2016
milwaukee
janay
ms.lian
fee. Last year, gun permit sales generated $2.5 million in revenue for the state’s coffers. And critics think this is a blow to states that want to exercise stricter region

9/12/2016
MT
Ebon
St. Regis
I say the federal government shouldn't have control. My reasoning behind this is through past events. Look at the San Bernardino Shooting. That was a gun free "Safe Zone" and it brought 14 deaths. However I also say states shouldn't have control because if one state says yes to gun control and another has no gun control the laws would conflict with one another and states would fight. Personally both have pros and cons. The constitution says "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." Infringed means to not be messed with or taken away...

5/17/2016
Glenwood Springs, CO
Veronyka
TRCS
I find that when Federal government tends to take control, bad things may happen, so if state legislature was in charge of gun laws everything would be running smoother. Plus, federal looks at the country as a whole where as states look at individuals. Not all states need to be punished for other states' wrong doings.

4/23/2016
Yukon OK
Andrew Stuever
Yukon High School
While most people believe the government has the right to take away the amount of firepower we citizens have, the 2nd Amendment states we have the right to bear arms. Most would say that we should be happy that we get any. However, the 2nd Amendment says we have the right to bear arms to fend off and overthrow an abusive government. I believe we should have the right to have regulations on guns to an extent. We have the right to have equal firepower as the government and military so we can overthrow it, if it becomes abusive. We have nowhere near the same amount of firepower as the government. Yes, there are many risks including shootings and murders. But we still have the right to do this and it is ridiculous that we do not have this right to have the same firepower.

4/22/2016
texas
ziyaan
satartia middle school
Government should be able to control gun power but if you try to argue they will say ''well the 2nd amendment says right to bear arms''. The government should be able to control it however it wouldn't be fair to the people who dont abuse it.

4/14/2016
Montgomery
Lonnie
Sidney Lanier
I believe that the Federal Governement should give States the power to regulate guns. Each state has their own issues, and certain states have citizens that want more gun control, and there are states that want less gun control. What no one is discussing is the gun owner. It should be their responsibility to know the law of their state, and any state they want to visit with said gun.

3/16/2016
Canandaigua, New York
Washburn, Kristin
Mrs. Teerlink/ Canandaigua Academy
I believe that the Federal Government should have power over gun control rather than each individual state because if the federal has control than all 50 states will be equal. If each and every state had control over the laws in their state than all 50 states would more then likely have completely different laws. Then technically they could be taking away our second amendment, which would be illegal because it is in The Constitution.

3/1/2016
little rock arkansas
shalia
mrs.jones/ eStem
Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two pieces of legislation that gun rights advocates see as a blow to their Second Amendment freedoms. One law outlaws “open carry” of firearms. That means carrying a gun in a way that other people can see it. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, “Any type of weapon being carried, openly or concealed, could appear as … a public safety threat.” Law enforcement officers and members of the military are exempt from the law, and it does not apply at gun shows or on designated hunting lands. Those who break the law are subject to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. The second law requires the state to keep records of rifle sales – effectively treating rifles and handguns in the same fashion. Gov. Brown signed this legislation at a point when national trends favor looser gun laws. Forty-two states allow open carry, and a law being debated in Congress could make stricter state gun laws obsolete. Introduced by Florida Rep. Cliff Stearns, the National Right-to-Carry Act (H.R. 822) would require all states to honor weapons permits issued by any other state. In other words, if a gun owner had a permit to carry in Utah, which has relatively relaxed gun laws, and traveled to California, which has strict gun laws, California would not be able to punish the gun owner for any violations of its laws. Proponents see this as a solution to the clash between the Second Amendment, which the courts have generally said gives individuals the right to use and buy guns, and the 10th Amendment, which allows states to pass laws regulating any matter the federal government has not ruled on – including firearms. But some states issue out-of-state gun permits, including Utah, where gun permits are issued to anyone who is not a felon, attends a class and pays a registration fee. Last year, gun permit sales generated $2.5 million in revenue for the state’s coffers. And critics think this is a blow to states that want to exercise stricter

2/10/2016
Sidney, MT
Aubrey Kessel
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I believe that the federal government should regulate guns because there are so many differing laws in various states. I believe the issue is inconsistency across the nation regarding the Second Amendment. Places like Chicago have a problem with gun violence but strict gun laws because people can just go over to states like Indiana and buy guns legally that would be illegal in Chicago. This inconsistency is causing clashes with states like California and Utah, which the article has pointed out. The National Right-to-Carry Act would allow someone from a state like Utah with loose gun laws to blatantly disregard the law of California against open carry of firearms. The National Right-to-Carry Act should not be passed because in places like California, or Chicago that have high populations and more gun violence, a person with an openly carried gun could cause fear. They also run the risk of getting their firearm stolen which could lead to unintended violence. I agree with Joel Jacobsen, who spoke in an article for the Christian Science Monitor, when he said, “…the arguments in favor of openly carrying guns on our streets are arguments in favor of using them in our streets.” This applies in states like California where gun violence is more of a problem and does not impede upon the Second Amendment right of citizens, even in states like Utah. The federal government should regulate guns so that it can be consistent across the nation.

1/29/2016
West Hartford, CT
Alexei
King philip Middle School
In my opinion, certain guns should be disabled while other guns may be used. There should be no reason why someone needs an ak 47 in plain sight but it may be appropriate to have a small hand gun or a very weak gun.

11/7/2015
New York
Eva
Ms.Baskin Bronxdale
In my opinion, gun laws should be regulated by the federal government. They should be regulated by the federal government because this issue has a lot to do with the 2nd Amendment and they should be able to alter the the laws that have to do with the amendments. There needs to be a nationwide law that regulates this because like it said in the article in California there are new gun regulations and in Utah there are not as many restrictions so someone from Utah could go to California and show their gun in public and it would be allowed because they have a licence when that is not what the law says in California. This is unfair because if they are in a certain state that has stricter gun laws they should follow the laws of that state that they are in. I agree with California's gun laws because they should keep a record of who buys a gun and they shouldn't be able to have their guns in front of the public because it is dangerous.

11/6/2015
New York
India
Ms. Baskin
In my opinion, the federal and state should regulate guns. I feel that if the people on Congress and state government have that position they should be able to make logical decisions for the people. I agree with California's laws with banning open carry of guns and keeping record of riffles. It's an easier way to keep track of the safety of their people. I believe states should try to compromise with others surrounding thoughts on the laws.

11/6/2015
Bronx/New York
Amanda Lange
Julia Baskin/Bronxdale High School
I think that the Federal Government should be regulating guns. I say that someone who travels from state to state needs to follow the laws that the state they are in has. I think that the United States should have a unified set of gun laws to regulate the guns. It would make guns less complicated and easier to deal with. Having unified gun laws would make the regulation easier.

11/6/2015
New York
Sherwin
Bronxdale Highschool
I feel states should regulate guns. Some states have more crime and they feel that they need stricter gun restrictions. If someone buys a gun in one state , but then goes to another state, they should have to abide by that state's laws if they want to use their guns in a reasonable manner.

11/6/2015
Bronx, Ny
Janaba Gakou
Ms. baskin Bronxdale HS
I believe that the government should have the right to regulate guns. According to the article, "some states issue out-of=state gun permits". This is an act happening between/out of states which makes it an issue that must be addressed by Congress. I agree with California's laws banning open carry of guns and keeping records of rifle. Giving anyone the power to carrying a gun can and is a threat to the safety of the public; it shouldn't even be considered an option. As for the National Right-to-Carry Act, it is reckless to allow such a law to pass. But in a way it is constitutional. The 10th Amendment makes it constitutional since the federal law has not yet passed a law regarding it. I however do not agree with it on a personal level.

10/5/2015
MIssouri
Kiara L Smith
Republic High School
I believe that the government should have the right to own or take away the guns possessed by the federal offenders.And/or the people who have criminal backgrounds because history does tend to repeat it self.

6/30/2015
California
Angelina
Calle Mayor Middle School
I believe that the state government should decide whether or not to ban guns. If the Federal government gets to choose it defies the second amendment stating that the people have the rights to own firearms.

1/29/2015
waterford
Zachary A Brower
ledyard high school
I think the states should have control over the firearms in there area and if you have a gun permit in one state the others should be ok with that.

10/1/2014
Dallas/Oregon
Ryan
Andrews/Kingsvalley Charter
In my own personal opinion, I believe that gun laws should be left up to the states decision. If the federal government has control over those laws, they control a nation, not one individual state. When you have a group that has control over that widespread of an area, they make decisions that not all tend to agree with. Thus leading to my point of power corrupts the powerful, Where as if the states had control, they could make the law so that it fits to what that states people want and this would result in a more satisfied law. Id also like to state that if guns were to be taken away from the citizens and homeowners of cities and larger towns,it would make them more vulnerable to burglary and theft because its taking their way of protection away and assuring criminals that they're not going to get shot when they rob a house. Criminals are a part of the problem but another example is hunters and people live where they need that deer or elk they shoot before winter comes. Sure they can use a bow but they're not guaranteed to get the meat where as with the rifle their chance is greater. Gun laws are important in many ways, we just need to make sure that the right choices happen when it comes to the rules that are being applied to them.

9/28/2014
Michigan
Hannah Matuz
Kalamzoo Central
I think that the states should regulate guns because every state has different circumstances.I don't agree with California's law because its going against the 2nd amendment. I think that having background checks is a good idea and very helpful for buying guns. And i think that states should honor gun laws no matter where they are passed but then it could cause many problems and if states do recognize gun laws no matter where they are passed wouldn't it be the same as if the federal government controlled it?

9/23/2014
California
Karina
White
Federal gov should regulate gun control laws in order to keep consistency throughout the entire country just like the legal drinking age

2/27/2014
Taos New Mexico
Roberto
Taos High School
The states should control gun laws because does New York have the same problems as Florida. Because of the reservation of powers anyone who doesn't have mental illness or a serious criminal background should have the right to buy a gun.

2/23/2014
Fl
Ethan
Central high
Actually, since it's protected by the constitution, there should be no regulation. All citizens should be allowed to own a firearm of any kind or not.

2/10/2014
Pittsburgh, PA
Sparky Brown
Fox Chapel Area High School
Wow! This site so great! So much informative! Thank you student voices! I informed with guns wow!

12/18/2013
texas
dav
hbms
I think the federal government should regulate gun laws but what are some other reasons other than states having conflict?

11/13/2013
amarillo, texas
shakiala gentry
caprock high school
good facts and keep me inform about gun control against federal vs state

9/26/2013
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Jeremy taylor
Ms.Phillips / Daniel Mckee
This is a good question ,but personally i think the states should regulate the gun laws for there own state . my point is say like in New York theirs not that many reasons to have a gun except if u got robbed or self defense so the laws should be stricter . But on the other hand Colorado has allot of wild life and different things that they might need a gun so there for laws should probably be less strict . honestly tho i think that there wrong for banning open carry of guns in California because there in the same case as Colorado they have lots of wildlife and different circumstances . But i defiantly agree on the national right-to-carry act because right now its so difficult to just take your gun into a different state. if the cops do pull u over and say you had an assault rifle that u payed allot for they could just take it and there's nothing you can do about it .

9/26/2013
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Jeremy taylor
Ms.Phillips / Daniel Mckee
This is a good question ,but personally i think the states should regulate the gun laws for there own state . my point is say like in New York theirs not that many reasons to have a gun except if u got robbed or self defense so the laws should be stricter . But on the other hand Colorado has allot of wild life and different things that they might need a gun so there for laws should probably be less strict . honestly tho i think that there wrong for banning open carry of guns in California because there in the same case as Colorado they have lots of wildlife and different circumstances . But i defiantly agree on the national right-to-carry act because right now its so difficult to just take your gun into a different state. if the cops do pull u over and say you had an assault rifle that u payed allot for they could just take it and there's nothing you can do about it .

9/26/2013
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Manepawn
Ms.Phillips / Daniel Mckee
Ahh. This is a difficult one.. Personally, I think we, as states, should be able to adjust out gun law to our standards. Only our states know what specifically needs to be done in our communities. The Tennessee crime, the drugs, the speeding, all of that is stuff WE know best about, considering it is about WE. But then again, logically, I think that will never happen and shouldn't. The constitution will not let it. It said we had the right to bear arms and if the government really live by the constitution, that should be the end of the discussion. Forgot all the talk about the shootings that are going on. That has nothing to do with the gun laws. The shooter called those people, not the gun. The gun laws are for the people actually go through a true process and have need for the purchase of that firearm. People who get them off the street, what law will fix that? It is a crime indeed. I have an opinion, of course, but the day the GOVERNMENT looked at a 17 year old opinion and actually take it into consideration, will be the day pigs fly. You people are so out of wack. I literally think this country has lost its way, yet, I would fight for this country... Military bound is where I'm headed. Therefore I would die for this nation, but not because I love every individual in separate, but because this is my home and it will be my job. I'm from the SOUTH! Banning GUNS? That's not gone fly down here. People are already racking up on guns with no purpose for them because they are scared our rights to bare arms will be taken. Gun laws? no thanks.

9/18/2013
Coronado, CA
Madison
Silverman Coronado High School
The federal government should regulate gun laws. I do agree with California's laws banning open carry of guns and keeping records of rifles. I the the National Right-to-Carry Act could just be an extension of the Full Faith and Credit Clause in the Constitution. I think states should recognize other states' laws about the regulation of guns/gun control.

1/15/2013
Washington, NJ
Faith
Warren Hills
The state governments hsould be able to regulate their oown gun laws. Each state has different and certain needs they nee, such as a high crime state will need stricter laws, opposed to a state with low crime rates, who only need moderate gun control laws. If the federal government is given the power and ability to infringe upon our 2nd Amendment right, what other Amendments are they going to try to restrict? It would give the federal government to much power, so the states should be the ones to regulate gun laws.

12/4/2012
perry/utah
jaden l.
bems/mrs.bailey
i think that guns should be banned from utah and the whole world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/15/2012
Ledyard
Colin
Galante
Between the Federal Goverment and the States I strongly think that the states should regulate guns. This is due to federalism, because although the constitution states we have the rights to bare arms, it does not state the way we are allowed to carry them and specificas on records this should be left for the states to decide. This is why i agree with Californis laws on bannin the open carrying of guns and keeping records of rifles, because it is the states job to decide. Also at the same time I thik that the National Right-to-Carry Act is a effective thing, because it allows for comprimise, which is always a good thing for when you can allow two different view points have a say.

10/15/2012
ledyard
brandonfinney
galante
I feel that states should be able to say whether or not that the people should be allowed to be able to carry guns, reason being that every state is different, for example the Bronx in New York has higher crime activity like robbing’s and house break ins , then a state like New Hampshire.

10/15/2012
Ledyard CT
Gabby
Galante/LHS
Who Should Regulate Gun Laws? I think that the states should have the power to regulate their own gun laws. Mentioned in the constitution in the second Amendment it states that all persons have the right to bear arms. Having the federal government regulate this right would go against our country, and The Bill of Rights. I believe that it is the states job to determine (according to the needs of the society) what rules and regulations should be established. Depending on the state and the environment the individuals live in, the states should be allowed to appropriately distinguish their own law enforcments. As Americans, according to the constitution we should be allowed to protect our families and our own beings, however it requires regulated and monitered laws in order to provide saftey for the country. I also believe all state gun-laws should be abided in order to ensure saftey. I agree with California's gun laws. Minus law enforcement, and members of the military, fire arms should not be visible or concealed to the public. This will make the public feel safer and create less opportunities for violence. I also agree that rifles and handguns should be recorded when purchased including some background information on the consumer in order to be sure the individual will abide by the laws and allow for evidence if crimes are committed.

10/15/2012
Ledyard
Chris
Galante
In my opinion the gun laws should be regulated by the state, rather that the federal government. This is because some states have worse areas thanb others and more gun problems. Therefore these specific states should make their own rules so other states aren't punished because of them.

10/15/2012
ledyard
Dayton
galante
I believe the state governments should regulate the gun rights because there are diffenernt environments in each state. If the federal government made these regulations then certain states would have a bad law, while if the state government does it, the regulations will be very suitable for that one state.

1/5/2012
Montgomery/Texas
Patrick G.
Metzger/Montgomery
I think the states should be able to decide the gun laws. It even says in the 2nd amendment that americans have the right to bear arms. Thats why i think that the states should decide the gun laws because it would make the people happy.

12/31/2011
Montgomery Texas
Annie
Mr. Metzger/ Montgomery
I agree that the States should regulate the gun laws. The federal government can’t make one law that would provide for each state's needs. Each state has their own individual need and a ‘one size fits all’ gun law wouldn’t serve all states well. Some states rely on big game hunting as part of their economy. Some states have areas where home owners need to be able to protect their property in high crime areas. Our one country is made up of 50 individual states and those in each state knows what their gun law needs are. The 2nd Amendment gives us the right to bear arms; therefore it would be going against the Bill of Rights to make laws against it. Each person should have the ability to protect themselves and the people they love. At the same time there should be some regulations that keep guns from the people who would cause danger to others. That’s why the states should make their own laws.

12/30/2011
Motgomery, TX
Logan B.
Mr. Metzger/Montgomery
I think gun laws should be left up for the states to decide. Americans have the right to bear arms, as stated in the 2nd amendment. But of course everyone will have different opinions on the matter whether or not to allow for use to possess gun. That’s why i think the state should regulate gun laws to please the citizens in that pacific state.

12/11/2011
Montgomery/Texas
Matt H.
Mr. Metzger/Montgomery
I believe the states should regulate gun laws. The 2nd amendment gives us the right to bear arms but it never says anything about regulating gun laws, therefore regulating gun laws should go to the states according to the 10th amendment. Some states need looser gun control laws, and some states need stricter gun laws. I think it would be tough for the federal government to please everyone if they made gun control laws for the whole country. I could see a lot of Texans getting very angry if gun laws got stricter in Texas. I agree on some points to ban open carry. We live in a time period where gun violence is very high. I believe banning open carry would cut into the gun violence rate. Let’s face it it’s not the Wild West where everyone is carrying a six shooter on their belt, and having duels to solve a problem. On the other hand I think you should be able to open carry if you have a special license and/or have a specific job where you would need to carry a gun openly. I also agree on keeping a record on every gun bought in the country. This would help law officials greatly. It would also help by cracking down on illegal gun sales and illegal gun trade.

11/6/2011
Irving/Texas
Jennifer N.
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the federal government should regulate gun laws. The states having their own gun laws are causing fights against each other. Since Utah seems to have relaxed gun laws, a person could travel there just to buy a gun. If the federal government would set the laws it'd be much easier to maintain the peace. The law pertaining to concealment of firearms could be a dangerous thing. Not knowing someone is carrying a gun has pros and cons about it.

11/6/2011
Irving/TX
Jacob H.
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the states should regulate guns because they are more in tune with the public's opinion. The Federal Government tends to fall out of touch with the general population and does not know well enough what they need -- only what they hear. I also think that it is a good idea to keep a record on all gun sales. I don't see a huge problem or invasion of privacy with this law. If it will help in solving crimes by knowing who owns which guns, then I say absolutely!

11/4/2011
Benson/ AZ
Fred Brown
Sorenson/ Benson High school
The Federal Government should not be able to regulate the states with gun laws. Yes, In New York City a gun does not seem necessary, but in cities in the country and states out west and south it is a part of life. In the Constitution we have the right to bear arms. There are many restrictions to that rule that are needed, but not all of them. Each state should have the right to regulate gun laws according to the needs of the state, not someone in D.C with no knowledge of the country way of life.

11/4/2011
Irving/Texas
Trent
Mrs.Bradley/Nimitz High School
I believe that any Law that restricts, permits the use, or allows for open/ concealed carry should be regulated by the Federal Government. With Federalism at it's fullest in the United States, the issue of Firearm regulation is at a stand still just as the issue of the Regulation of Business was in the 1800's and ever since. California's Law banning open carry is reasonable and should be issued as an Federal Law, along with an Ac t or Law that forces the keeping of record of all firearm's. The National Right-to-Carry Act falls hand in hand with the Second Constitutional Amendment, The right to bear arm's, Carrying a firearm is a Constitutional right in eyes that carrying is the same as bearing; the main issue is that since the Amendment doesn't specifically state that bearing is the same as carrying, that it is an Constitutional Right granted by the Tenth Amendment that anything not stated in the first nine Amendment's is granted to the State's. I think that all States should honor any Gun Law, whether it is Federal or by other States.

11/3/2011
Sidney, MT
Andrew
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that the federal government should regulate the laws pertaining guns. If the states were in charge it would be complicated when crossing the borders from states to states. Also it would be more issues for the states, they would have one more thing to worry about. If the federal government took care of these laws, than there would be one law, and less issues.

11/3/2011
Irving/ TX
Joshua P
Bradley/ Nimitz
It would make a lot more sense for the federal government to control gun laws due to the fact that states would begin to fight each other over the matter making things worse for everyone. However, I do agree with California's choice to outlaw "open carry" of firearms simply because that can worry other citizens and make situations tense and the records of rifles will help keep control of misused rifles. If the federal government would lay down a set of well detailed rules about firearms there wouldn't be as much argument on the situation.

11/2/2011
Sidney/MT
Lizzy
Mr. Faulhaber
The states should regulate gun laws. I do agree with California's laws because they have a huge increase in crime and a huge population that they should keep records of rifles. I think the National Right-to-Carry Act because it gives a little less of a struggle to the person who violates the law not knowing the laws in the other states. States should honor gun laws in other states.

11/1/2011
Watertown Massachusetts
Michael
Mr.Rimas
California should ban guns if you don't have a License. If you have a gun license you leave the gun inside the car and not show it to anyone besides the cops if you have a license for it.

10/31/2011
Sidney, Montana
Tori
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I feel states should regulate guns. Some states have more crime and they feel that they need stricter gun restrictions. If someone buys a gun in one state , but then goes to another state, they should have to abide by that state's laws if they want to use their guns in a reasonable manner.

10/31/2011
Irving/TX
Sherin
Bradley/Nimitz
Laws regarding guns should be decided or made by the federal government. It is the duty of the federal government to regulate the usage of guns in the country. States cannot make decisions on such matters. If so, there would be various opinions, and the country would be divided on this issue. States like Utah may have less strict rules for a person to bear arms, but in California, the rules may be harsh. It is not fair to the gun owner in Utah to be punished for carrying a gun in California. This violates the Second Amendment – the Right to bear arms. The Tenth Amendment also permits the states to pass laws regulating any matter the federal government has not ruled on – including firearms. Differing rules in different states could divide the country on such an issue. I definitely think the federal government should pass decisions taken on this issue.

10/31/2011
bedford/texas
Lindsey
Bradley/Nimitz High School
I think that the federal governement should have the decisions about gun laws because all the states need to be the same. If all the states were different then they would have confusion when going different parts of the country.

10/28/2011
Watertown/MA
Mariane
Mr.Rimas/Watertown High School
I think that the federal government should regulate the laws pertaining guns. If the states were in charge it would be complicated when crossing the borders from states to states. Also it would be more issues for the states, they would have one more thing to worry about. If the federal government took care of these laws, than there would be one law, and less issues.

10/27/2011
Irving/Texas
Aaron
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the federal government should regulate the gun laws. If the state was given that job, too many issues with guns being brought over state borders would become a recurrent problem. With the federal government in charge, there won't be a question of what a state's hunting laws are regarding guns, because it would all be the same. Differing rules in different states would no longer be an issue if the federal government had the right to regulate gun laws.

10/26/2011
Watertown MA
Vahan
Rimas/ Watertown High School
I thing Federal Government should control the guns because every state change some laws the way they want. So if the federal Government controls the guns every one would be treated equal no meter which state he or she comes from.

10/24/2011
Irving/TX
Luz V
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should be able to regulate gun laws in order to create a uniform system. California is on the right track preventing guns from being carried freely and tracking the guns that are bought and sold in order to protect the public. Many see these pieces of legislation as intruding on there right to bear arms, but it doesn't really, they still have the right to buy and handle guns just in certain places and under the knowledge of the government. Allowing the federal government to regulate guns across the country would create uniform ideals and ease tension between states with differing rules, such as brought up by the Right-to-Carry-Act in which one state cannot punish a citizen under the jurisdiction of another.

10/24/2011
Irving/Tx
Vanessa B.
Bradley/Nimitz
All people are dangerous in their own way. Guns just add on to the danger they can cause. The federal government should regulate the guns. If everybody was able to just carry a gun when ever they please then we would be in big trouble and our safety would be destroyed.

10/22/2011
Irving/TX
jerin
Bradley/Nimitz
In my opinion, federal government should regulate guns. In this modern world, carrying around a weapon in public even if it is concealed is viewed as dangerous and a threat to people. Who knows what can happen if guns laws are not at all strict. People will have to live in fear everyday. Some states are very lenient and that itself is an irresponsible act. States should not be allowed to do such things. States cannot make guns laws. It is the federal government who has to make the laws and make them as strict as possible. Only then will people be able to live peacefully in this world.

10/22/2011
Irving/TX
Derek
Bradley/NImitz
I believe that gun laws should be decided by the federal government, mainly because this topic is too big to have each state with a different view. If all the states have different laws, then it just divides our country. A national regulation would be more likely to satisfy each states' interests. On the issue of California's open-carry ban, I believe it has the right intentions, but does not protect a citizen's second amendment rights. There has to be a middle ground between protecting the people and allowing them to protect themselves from dangerous criminals. The National Right-to-Carry Act, whether intentionally or not, seems to make a national law without the consent of every state. Basically, it requires that all states honor the laws of the state with the loosest gun laws. If there is going to be an all encompassing system, the states should all agree upon it so that it works everywhere and there is no controversy.

10/21/2011
Irving/TX
Nam
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz
Even thou I think having federal government deciding on regulating guns would have a huge impact in United States. Doing so would add some questions if this will override the 2nd Amendment written by the founding fathers. One reason why I think that is because, Texas is notorious for having the more guns than all the other 49 states. If there's a case where open carry of guns are to be banned, people will still do it. Causing more conflict over rights between the federal and state government.

10/20/2011
Irving, Tx
Jose R.
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should regulate guns. Centralized power is more effective when it comes to guns. There will be less tension among states and among people if they all have to follow the same laws. I agree with California's law banning open carry of guns and actually believe it showed be expressed the same across the nation. Records should be kept for riffles and any other type of gun. The National Right-to-Carry Act may seem back breaking to some states with more restrictive laws but its the right thing to do. States should respect this law, it will be easier for the citizens to get used to gun law if its the same everywhere. By having all the states honor this law, it gives another reason why gun regulation needs to be controlled nationally.

10/19/2011
Irving/Texas
Marcus A.
Helen Bradley/Nimitz High School
The federal government needs to regulate the use of guns. Our history has shown trends of states attempting to dominate over states, and the results have typically led to no prevail. For example, during the Articles of Confederation, the lack of uniform laws across the country created a chaos in which no one knew who held the ultimate power. With the number of gun-related homicides rising at an alarming pace, it's no surprise than many Americans remain concerned. Therefore, California's law that bans open carry of guns and keeps records of rifles is completely just, for it is only protecting our lives. And the National Right-to-Carry Act is an interesting twist that allows states to honor gun laws no matter where they are passed. Yet, many controversies are likely to occur, each state mixing and matching the rules of the other state next door. This creation of confusion will instigate furry and rage if it is not controlled. That's why, during the Articles of Confederation, the Founding Fathers realized nothing actually gets achieved when each person tries to have his or her opinion heard. Because when everyone gets their voices heard, nobody is heard. The noise is too much to handle if anything is expected to get done. With every state receiving the same rules regarding gun control, less time will be spent on specializing gun laws for each state and more time on providing safety to this country. Consequently, the federal government must take charge and guide Americans toward an equalized future and thus a more successful, not a stressful, one at that.

10/19/2011
Sidney, MT
Tyler W.
Mr. Faulhaber
It is a Constitutional right for an American to purchase and use firearms. I believe that the state should regulate guns, so that the residents of that state can have a voice in the decision making.

10/19/2011
sidney MT
Nick
Mr. Faulhaber
I feel as though people with clean backgrounds should have the right to carry weapons. I believe that weapons should be used properly and hunter saftey should be a little harder. People who have weapons should be responsible and if they want to use the weapon they have to go to a safe location.

10/19/2011
Sidney, Montana
Bobo
Mr. Faulhaber
i think that the states should be in control because a crime in a state usually starts within the state and it should be the states responsibility and not the federal governments responsibility

10/19/2011
Sidney, MT
Kevin
Ms. Fontana/Sidney High School
The States should obviously regulate gun laws. Strictly due to the fact that every state is different and the national government shouldn't be able to tell the state what "THEIR" gun regulations should be. If California wants to outlaw "open carry" of firearms that's their choice. I live in Montana where we carry guns around all the time and have them sitting in our vehicles and it's our right to do so. I also have family members who have their concealed weapons permit and i find nothing wrong with that because in order to get a concealed weapons permit you have to meet certain regulations. America has been protected by men and women carrying and handling guns for over 300 years it's our god given right and it's protected by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. That's why I think the state should be in control of gun regulations.

10/19/2011
Sidney, Mt
Josh
Miss Fontana
I think that there should be laws restricting both handguns and rifles but it should be the states that make the laws not the federal government. I also think that all states should keep records of rifles and handguns and that you should only be able to openly carry guns if you are out of city limits or at a shooting range. If you're from one state and go to another you should have to honor their laws on guns. If you don't want to follow their laws don't go to their state.

10/19/2011
Sidney Montanya
Tanner Rowth
Miss Fontana
I beleive the states should regulate the guns. I beleive this because people in Montana pretty much kill animals for meat unlike the California people who most likely do not hunt. I beleive banning the guns in CALI is a dang good idea. just because of the fact that there are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more gangs there who will pack heat and end up killing peeps.

10/19/2011
Sidney MT
Cody Daleske
Ms. Fontana
I think that states should regulate guns because some people dont even know how to use one. For example Montana people know how to use one for when you bucher your own livestock for a need of food.

10/19/2011
Sidney, MT
Diabetic
Fontana/Sidney High
I would say the state should regulate guns so the residents can take part in the desition making.

10/19/2011
Sidney Mt
Zack
Fontana
i think that it should be controled by the state because it would confliced with the sencond ammendment the right to bear arms. a person should be able to carry a firearm openly but to consele a person needs to take some type of gun safty course

10/19/2011
Sidney, MT
Andreas
Bruad Fooolabaer/ Sidney High School
The States should regulate guns because they know more about their own people wants and rights. They know that "us" Montanians are skilled with our pieces "guns" we know how to rightfully shot a gun. I do agree with California's laws banning the open carry of guns, because Calfifornia has a lot of low level of society areas and they most likely will be holding their guns out, this law will prevent that! The states should honor our 4th amendment no matter what, we need to protect and defend ourselves!

10/19/2011
Irving/Texas
Kathryn G.
Bradley/Nimitz
People can be dangerous on their own. Adding the ability to purchase and carry around a gun is just asking for something bad to happen. The two laws that have been passed do not go against the 2nd amendment, which is for the purpose of self defense and preparation of an event rather than carrying a weapon for fun. Keeping track of guns sales can help solve murder cases or prevent people with bad intentions from legally getting a gun. The first law, not being able to openly carry a weapon, helps prevent mass panic in a public place. This can go along with the laws that keep people from yelling, “Bomb!” in a public place. These laws do not harm anyone's rights. It seems necessary to keep these types of issues in line.

10/19/2011
Sidney MT
Shane
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I think the state should control guns because you shouldn't be able to walk around with a hand gun. There needs to be laws that restrict the usage of guns to police and hunters. Gun holders also should have to go through strict training that masters their ability to use a fire arm. They should learn from the best shooters in the area about safety and etiquette.

10/19/2011
Sidney MT
Dan
Mr. Faulhaber
I think the state should regulate gun laws. My reasonging for that is because i'm from Montana, and i grew up knowing how to use guns properlly and safely as well as hunting with them. I don't think that city people (or anybody for that matter), should be able to carry a gun with them unless they have so many hours of practice and safety lessons.

10/19/2011
sidney montana
steffan
miss fontana
the state should regulate gun laws because people in montana from montana for example come from the womb with the knowledge of how to use them. city slickers (as we so fondly call them) normally take one little gun class and think that they know what they are doing. it worries me that someone from california has the right to carry a gun., without some huge amount training like we go through to hunt.

10/18/2011
Irving/TX
Angelica R
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that the states should regulate guns. I also am in favor of California's law because it is only trying to look out for the people, it would cause them a lot of problems if other people saw gun owners as threats. I think that states should honor gun laws of other states.

10/18/2011
Philadelphia PA
John
Widener Memorial
I think the fedral government should regulate guns. Yes i agree with California laws because if they didn't it would make some people look like a threat

10/17/2011
Charlottesville, VA
Dakotah
Mrs.Bailey
I think the states should regulate the specifics of gun laws, the same way they do with driving ages.

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