America's contentious gun laws

Constitutional right The right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Gun laws A number of federal and state laws control the manufacture and purchase of firearms and ammunition. 

More debate The Texas mass shooting of May 24 has triggered another debate over tightening the gun control laws

Not easy But it's not that easy. The US is swamped with guns. And the debate is divided across political faultlines

Powerful group Also, gun rights advocacy group National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is influential in US politics

Sharply divided Opinion is equally divided. Last year, a Pew poll said just 53 percent of people want stricter gun laws

Millions of guns Since 2000, the US produced 139 million guns for internal markets; it imported another 71 million

Not expensive A high-powered assault rifle could come for just $500, and a 9 millimeter pistol for as low as $200

Gun killings In 2020, there were 19,350 firearm homicides - up 35 percent over 2019. And 24,245 gun suicides

And yet... But at every incident, proposals by lawmakers to tighten laws are rebuffed by conservative colleagues

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