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UPDATE: In some U.S. states, it's harder to purchase Sudafed than a gun

UPDATE: In some U.S. states, it's harder to purchase Sudafed than a gun

10/05/2017

By Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch

After Las Vegas shooting, here are things trickier to buy than guns

In the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, which left at least 50 people dead and more than 400 injured (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/reports-of-dead-injured-after-mass-shooting-at-las-vegas-concert-2017-10-02), Americans again are faced with a familiar story: A place where people felt safe and a lone gunman. The shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, from Mesquite, Nev., fired on a country music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino. The shooter had reportedly already killed himself when a SWAT team used an explosive to enter his room.

Nevada has some of the most lenient gun-control laws in the U.S. There is no law requiring the registrations of long guns or handguns (https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Reports/history.cfm?ID=399). Open carry is generally permitted without a gun permit, with some exceptions (https://library.municode.com/nv/north_las_vegas/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT9PUPEMOWE_CH9.32WEGE#TIT9PUPEMOWE_CH9.32WEGE_9.32.080DEWEPRVEXC). Nor does the state require gun owners to have licenses. Nevada does not ban assault weapons (http://www.nevadacarry.org/). In fact, the term "assault weapon" is not defined under Nevada law, according to the Las Vegas Defense Group law firm (http://www.nevadacarry.org/). "However, federal law prohibits the possession of machine guns unless they were lawfully possessed and registered before May 19, 1986."

"It was an act of pure evil," President Donald Trump said in a statement (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2qQ1WKSa4Y) at the White House Monday. The president did not mention gun control, and instead quoted scripture. "We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values," he added. "We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community and the comfort of our common humanity."

The latest shooting was the worst in modern U.S. history (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/02/deadliest-shootings-in-u-s-history.html). On June 12, 2016, at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. a shooter killed 49 people and injured 53 others. At that time, President Obama once again called on Americans to make gun control a priority for politicians, and said people should address both terrorism and gun control rather than making it an "either/or (http://www.wsj.com/articles/officials-hunt-for-details-from-orlando-shooting-1465823030)" debate. "There are common-sense steps that could reduce gun violence and could reduce the lethality of somebody who intends to do other people harm," Obama said at the time.

Don't miss:10 things the gun industry won't tell you (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-the-gun-industry-wont-tell-you-2014-03-07)

Large majorities in both parties continue to favor preventing people with mental illnesses from buying guns, barring gun purchases by people on federal no-fly or watch lists, and background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows, according to research (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/23/bipartisan-support-for-some-gun-proposals-stark-partisan-divisions-on-many-others/) carried out this year by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Pew Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

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