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Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Following the recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, more questions have arisen about existing laws barring people from purchasing firearms.

  • Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had 47 firearms, including 23 that he brought with him to his Mandalay Bay hotel room. 12 of them modified with bump stocks, which enabled them to fire at nearly the rate of a machine gun. Authorities said 33 of the 47 guns were purchased after 2016. None of them set off alarms because there is no federal limit to the number of guns an individual can own and no national database that keeps track of the number or type of guns a person owns.
  • Texas shooter Devin Kelley was convicted of domestic violence against his wife and child, and therefore was not legally allowed to own his two rifles and two handguns.

Who can't purchase a gun: Felons, fugitives, domestic abusers, drug addicts, non-U.S. citizens, those who renounce U.S. citizen ship, the mentally ill, anyone with a restraining order against them and those who were dishonorably discharged.

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