History of gun control in America

Published On: Dec 17 2012 11:34:07 AM PST   Updated On: Jan 05 2016 05:42:30 AM PST

President Barack Obama is expected to announce an executive order to expand background checks on people purchasing guns on Tuesday. Take a look back at the history of gun control in America.

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The first sweeping gun control legislation was passed following the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, as well as Martin Luther King Jr., in the 1960s. Signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, the Gun Control Act broadly regulated the firearms industry by banning interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers.


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