Government regulation of the manufacture, sale, and possession of firearms.
The SECOND AMENDMENT to the U.S. Constitution is at the heart of the issue of gun control. The Second Amendment declares that “A well regulated MILITIA , being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
from the Gale Encyclopedia of American Law . Vol. 5. 3rd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2010
Concealed carry laws
Second amendment rights
Federal Assault Weapon Ban
Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act
"In its broadest sense, the term "gun control" refers to any government policies that influence the availability and use of firearms among the general public or distinct subsets of the population - such as minors, convicted felons, and the mentally ill." Guns in American Society : An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture and the Law 2002
Such regulation, and the state and federal laws which protect it, has been hotly debated for years. The tragedy at Columbine High School and the shootings at a Denver cinema and most recently the tragic shooting of 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on Dec 14, 2012 have elicited a national response to this contentious issue.