Another example where the media gets it wrong is the fact they buy into the NRA’s myth of 20,000 gun laws. The standard NRA talking point is that there are 20,000 gun laws which should be more than enough and if we just enforce those (as opposed to new laws), there’ll be no problems regarding gun-related crime.
A complacent and compliant media buys into this myth.
Of course, there aren’t 20,000 gun laws.
So how many gun-control laws are there? Recently, we assembled a significant new database of major state gun laws, including laws governing how firearms are designed, manufactured, sold, and possessed, that sheds some light on the 20,000 figure. Although we didn’t include every possible law, our count yields approximately 300 different state laws as of 1999. These laws were defined as those that affect the manufacture, design, sale, purchase, and possession of firearms. Adding the few federal laws wouldn’t appreciably increase the total.