Jeff, thatīs right.
Thatīs an important fact. I had just small question - is there a registration department for weapons in the US or is it impossible to find out whih weapons are owned by a person legaly?
I'm not Jeff, but I will answer that question. I have friends who own and carry guns legally.
Each gun that purchased in the US has a registration number. At the time of sale, the gun purchaser is supposed to go through a background check to see if they have a criminal history or if there is an Ex Parte Order of Protection against them.
Ex Parte Order of Protection is filed against someone who has been in a domestic violence incident by their spouse or partner who fears them or they may have threatened to kill the person. Or if the person is a stalker of someone a spouse partner, or say they become fixated on someone romantically but never dated them, the person stalked will get an Ex Parte Order of Protection to prevent that person from being near them.
When the background check comes back, it has to be clean of criminal complaints. Or it is supposed to be. No felon can own or purchase a gun once they have been convicted.
The person buying they gun can have the gun in their home. They can carry the gun in the trunk of their vehicle, but it must be unloaded to be legal.
If the person has a permit to carry a concealed gun, he must go through a weapons course, have a background check, and be fingerprinted. They have to carry the permit on their person at all times, when they have the concealed gun on their person.
There are certain establishments where it is unlawful to carry a concealed into, even with a permit. If an establishment does not want to have concealed weapons on the premises, they put a notice on the door to the establishment. Then if they are caught carrying a legal concealed weapon into the place, they can be fined, jailed and the weapon and license removed from them.
As to criminals. It makes no difference to them. They just ignore the laws and do as they please. If they steal a weapon or buy one from someone else, they carry it wherever they want, and use it at will.
That is the difference between legal weapons and illegal weapons. All of them are registered at time of sale. All have numbers on them. If a person's gun is stolen, they are supposed to notify the police of this fact, so if the gun is later found to be used in a homicide or robbery it cannot be charged to the gun's owner.
And there is a national registry of the guns, so the police can check on the gun's number and see who originally owned it or if they sold it and whom it was sold to, or again if it was stolen and from whom.
Hope that answers your questions.
Grandmother of Brandon