ILA Research & Information Division
Fact Sheet


Federal Penalties For Firearms Misuse

In addition to federal gun laws imposed by the National Firearms Act (1934), the Gun Control Act (1968), the Firearms Owners' Protection Act (1986) among others, most states and many localities have their own firearm restrictions in place. There are currently more than 20,000 firearms laws in the U.S., clearly more than enough to punish criminals who misuse firearms, but the laws have to be enforced. The following highlights existing criminal penalties for violation of federal firearms laws:

If more than one such firearm is involved, the criminal faces imprisonment for the same number of years for each gun. In addition to imprisonment, fines for violating federal firearms laws can be as high as $250,000. That's federal law now. Congress can't make it much more illegal for criminals to have or to use guns . . . any guns.

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