North Carolina -- News 2 looked at some of the highlights in our country's gun history and where NC stands today.
It's no secret. From the beginning, our nation has supported every American's right to own a firearm. There have been several attempts to do that in balance and safety.
Here's a look at history:
1791 The Second Amendment is passed. It reads, "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."
1871 The National Rifle Association is founded.
1968 Congress passed the Gun Control Act, calling for better control of interstate traffic of firearms.
1986 The Firearm Owner's Protection Act was passed in 1986, prohibiting felons from owning or possessing guns or ammunition.
1993 Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Act in 1993. That requires gun dealers perform a criminal background check before they sell you a gun.
1994 The Assault Weapons Ban passed, prohibiting the manufacture, use, possession, and import of 19 types of assault weapons. That law expired in 2004.
What's allowed and not allowed depends on what state you live in. According to a report from Attorney General Roy Cooper, some weapons are prohibited and others are restricted.
These weapons are banned outright for the average person:
- Nuclear and chemical weapons of mass destruction
- Projectile knives
- Teflon-coated bullets
Here's what's restricted:
- Machine guns
- Fully automatic firearm
- Short barrel rifles and guns
- Firearm silencers
You can only purchase those weapons if you submit to a federal background check and your Sheriff signs off on it.
Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes has only signed off for law enforcement. Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page has given the okay to a citizen who wanted a shortened barrel rifle.
WFMY News 2