History of gun control in America

POSTED: 11:34 AM PST Dec 17, 2012    UPDATED: 07:37 AM PDT May 30, 2014 

The House recently approved a measure that would provide more money for background checks on gun buyers nearly a week after a mass murder in California left seven people dead. Take a look at the history of gun control in America.

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The first sweeping gun control legislation was passed following the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, as well as Martin Luther King Jr., in the 1960s. Signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, the Gun Control Act broadly regulated the firearms industry by banning interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers.

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