Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
USA. 1968 ‘Purpose.’ Gun Control Act of 1968, Public Law 90-618, Title 18, United States Code - Firearms; Chapter 44 (Section 101). Washington, DC: Congress of the United States. 1 January
Gun Control Act 1968
Sec. 101. The Congress hereby declares that the purpose of this title is to provide support to Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials in their fight against crime and violence, and it is not the purpose of this title to place any undue or unnecessary Federal restrictions or burdens on law-abiding citizens with respect to the acquisition, possession, or use of firearms appropriate to the purpose of hunting, trapshooting, target shooting, personal protection, or any other lawful activity, and that this title is not intended to discourage or eliminate the private ownership or use of firearms by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, or provide for the imposition by Federal regulations of any procedures or requirements other than those reasonably necessary to implement and effectuate the provisions of this title.
[Editor's Note: After reviewing available legislation and other source documents, GunPolicy.org found no evidence of a provision in law to regulate this aspect of firearm policy. As some authorities enforce restrictions only in practice, the mere absence of a published legal provision should be treated with caution.
THIS IS FEDERAL LEGISLATION ONLY. Each US state and territory enacts its own gun laws.]