"This report describes laws that regulate transfers of firearms and were in effect as of December 31, 2013. Summaries are included for the United States (federal law), the 50 states, and the District of Columbia. Topics covered include permits, background checks, waiting periods, prohibited persons, and other types of firearm transfer laws. A series of tables categorizes the laws in effect on December 31, 2013, and summarizes firearm transfer laws enacted in 2012 and 2013. Information for this report was compiled by the Regional Justice Information Service (REJIS) as part of the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) program. To ensure the accuracy of the information as of December 31, 2013, a draft of each jurisdiction's summary was sent to the agency that enforces or provides information on firearm laws for the jurisdiction. The final version of each summary, as contained in this report, was compiled after review by the appropriate agency. The summaries prepared for this publication should be used for general informational and educational purposes only. These summaries do not (and are not intended to) constitute legal advice. As such, readers are on notice that they should not rely on the information in the summaries as an alternative to legal advice from a qualified attorney. If you have questions regarding the subject matter covered by these summaries, you are advised to consult the state websites listed in the report and contact an appropriately qualified professional."
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