US DoJ, Prohibited and Restricted Firearms by State, USA, 12.31.2005

This dataset looks at firearm restrictions across the USA by state. If a state has a restriction on a certain weapon than possession is prohibited or allowed only under limited exceptions, or there is a registration requirement.

Surveyed Weapons:

Assault weapon: A semiautomatic firearm with a large-capacity magazine and special features common to military weapons.

Machine gun: (automatic firearm) A firearm that shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one bullet, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.

Short-barreled rifle: A rifle having one or more barrels less than 16 inches in length, and any weapon made from a rifle, whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise, if such weapon, as modified, has an overall length of less than 26 inches.

Short-barreled shotgun: A shotgun having one or more barrels less than 18 inches in length, and any weapon made from a shotgun, whether altered or modified, if such weapon has an overall length of less then 26 inches.

Unsafe handgun: (“Saturday night special” or “junk gun”) A handgun with a barrel length under 4 inches that is easily concealable and not effective for sporting or self defense purposes due to its poor quality of construction, inaccuracy, and lack of essential safety

features.

Definitions are from or adapted from Federal and State Codes (a jurisdiction’s laws should be consulted for specific definitions).

This data comes from Survey of State Procedures Related to Firearm Transfers, 2005. The Survey provides an overview of the firearm check procedures in each State and State interaction with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) operated by the FBI. The report summarizes issues about State procedures, including persons prohibited from purchasing firearms, restoration of rights of purchase to prohibited persons, permits, prohibited firearms, waiting periods, fees, and appeals

This section shows information about this dataset's attributes
Attributes Range Median Mean Std. Dev.
Assault Weapon Text column (no statistics available)
A semiautomatic firearm with a large-capacity magazine and special features common to military weapons
Machine Gun Text column (no statistics available)
(automatic firearm) A firearm that shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one bullet, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger
Short-barrel rifle Text column (no statistics available)
A rifle having one or more barrels less than 16 inches in length, and any weapon made from a rifle, whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise, if such weapon, as modified, has an overall length of less than 26 inches
Short-barrel shotgun Text column (no statistics available)
A shotgun having one or more barrels less than 18 inches in length, and any weapon made from a shotgun, whether altered or modified, if such weapon has an overall length of less then 26 inches
Unsafe handgun Text column (no statistics available)
(“Saturday night special” or “junk gun”) A handgun with a barrel length under 4 inches that is easily concealable and not effective for sporting or self defense purposes due to its poor quality of construction, inaccuracy, and lack of essential safety features
Other types of firearms Text column (no statistics available)
Other types of restricted firearms
State Text column (no statistics available)
Name of the State