Using “records of firearms held on firearms certificates,” police accounted for all but eight of all legally owned handguns in England, Scotland, and Wales. * Years are calendar years prior to 1998 and fiscal years thereafter (April 1 to March 31).
† Homicide data is published according to the years in which the police initially reported the offenses as homicides, which are not always the same years in which the incidents took place.
This law also required that firearm certificates specify the identification numbers (“if known”) of all firearms and shotguns owned by the applicant. * In 1997, Britain passed a law requiring civilians to surrender almost all privately owned handguns to the police.
More than 162,000 handguns and 1.5 million pounds of ammunition were “compulsorily surrendered” by February 1998.
When the Supreme Court overturned the District of Columbia’s handgun ban in June 2008, at least four of these suburbs repealed their bans. * In June 2010, the U. Supreme Court ruled (5 to 4) that Chicago’s ban was unconstitutional. Thereafter, Chicago adopted gun ordinances that required licensees to have firearm range training but prohibited firing ranges within the city. After an unfavorable federal court ruling, Chicago revised its regulations to permit firing ranges within the city, subject to “comprehensive” regulations. As of January 2016, there were no firing ranges within the city limits. * In July 2013, Illinois passed a law that permits concealed carrying of handguns, making it the last state in the U. to allow concealed carry. By the end of 2014, nearly 91,700 concealed carry permits had been issued in the state, and 26% of these permits were issued in Cook County, which includes Chicago. * In 2011, the Chicago Police Department made an “internal policy decision to discontinue” its murder analysis reports that provided data on total firearm and handgun murders.
The Chicago Police Department expects to begin publishing these reports again in 2017. someone convicted of or under indictment for a felony punishable by more than one year in prison, someone convicted of a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years in prison, a fugitive from justice, an unlawful user of any controlled substance, someone who has been ruled as mentally defective or has been committed to any mental institution, an illegal alien, someone dishonorably discharged from the military, someone who has renounced his or her U. citizenship, someone subject to certain restraining orders, or someone convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor.    * Under federal law, private individuals are not required to a conduct a background check before selling or transferring a firearm to someone who lives in the same state, but it is illegal and punishable by up to 10 years in prison for a private individual to sell or transfer a firearm while “knowing” or having “reasonable cause to believe” that the recipient falls into one of the prohibited categories above.  * From the inception of the federal background check system in 1998 to 2014, about 202.5 million background checks for gun purchases were processed through the FBI’s background check system.
The law also specified that such handguns had to be re-registered every two years or owners would forfeit their right to possess them.
In 1994, the law was amended to require annual re-registration. * In the wake of Chicago’s handgun ban, at least five suburbs surrounding Chicago instituted similar handgun bans.
In these situations, the sellers are not required to have a federal firearms license.a license or permit” to carry a concealed weapon, but the law also states that the attorney general “may” do so.  In practice, the Attorney General is the primary issuer of permits. * Click here to see why the following commonly cited statistic does not meet Just Facts’ Standards of Credibility: In right-to-carry states, the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the U.S., the murder rate is 28% lower, and the robbery rate is 50% lower.‡ Large anomalies unrelated to guns: * In 1982, the city of Chicago instituted a ban on handguns.This barred civilians from possessing handguns except for those registered with the city government prior to enactment of the law.