America's contentious gun laws
The right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
A number of federal and state laws control the manufacture and purchase of firearms and ammunition.
The Texas mass shooting of May 24 has triggered another debate over tightening the gun control laws
But it's not that easy. The US is swamped with guns. And the debate is divided across political faultlines
Also, gun rights advocacy group National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is influential in US politics
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
A high-powered assault rifle could come for just $500, and a 9 millimeter pistol for as low as $200
In 2020, there were 19,350 firearm homicides - up 35 percent over 2019. And 24,245 gun suicides
But at every incident, proposals by lawmakers to tighten laws are rebuffed by conservative colleagues
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