There are many regulations that govern their use and distribution. If you want to get into the business of buying and selling firearms in Amarillo or want to acquire a firearm, there are many federal and state laws and requirements that must be met. Many of these requirements stem from the Gun Control Act of 1968. This act established the federal firearms license (FFL).
Under this act, the number one reason for the denial of a license is to be listed as a prohibited person. When listed as a prohibited person, it means you have not met the necessary requirements that allow you to deal firearms. The following are some examples of what a prohibited person is under the Gun Control Act:
If you have been previously convicted in a federal court for a crime with imprisonment of one or more years of if you have been convicted in a state court for a crime that carries two years or more imprisonment then you prohibited. However, if the case involved regulation of business practices then you are not considered prohibited.
* If you are a fugitive from justice.
* If you are addicted to any drug or controlled substance.
* If you have been identified as mentally defective or you have been committed to a mental institute.
* If you are an alien under a non-immigration visa. Immigrants with visa can have guns but only if they have a valid hunting license.
* If you have been dishonorably discharged from the military or any branch of the armed forces.
* If you have renounced citizenship to the United States of America.
* If you have a restraining order against you concerning harassing, stalking, threatening a domestic partner or the child of that partner.
* If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime concerning domestic violence.
There are other requirements under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993. This act created a national background checking system that prevents the sale of a firearm to prohibited person.