Policy Identification Worksheet
Do some research and find 3 existing or proposed recent U.S. policies
(laws, statutes, etc.) published or proposed on this topic. Do not
proposed/implemented prior to 1985. In addition to a brief description of the policy, you
will also indicate the stance (for or against), level of implementation, and provide a link
to the actual policy.
Policy name (Precise bill/policy/legislation name): Firearm Owners Protection Act of
Policy link (Include a direct link to the policy. Do not use Wikipedia, news articles, etc.
Go directly to the source for information):
Implementation level (Circle one of the following that fits your policy):
Brief summary of the policy in your own words (minimum 100 words):
added an updated definition of a silencer by adding the parts that make up a silencer to
The policy also added the exception to the machinegun transfer law. The
policy states that the transfer of fully automatic weapons/ machine guns is allowed when
it is possessed by government agencies, but not allowed in any other circumstances.
The possession of a machine gun in itself without the intent to trade is illegal for
civilians, the possession of machine guns is only legal when the individual is issued the
weapon from a government agency. The only exception is if the individual civilian
purchased the weapon before 1986, the act only applies to new purchases.
On a scale of 1 to 5, where do you feel this policy lands on the spectrum of being on the
Pro or Con side of your topic?
Highlight the appropriate number.
Pro side (in favor of)
Con side (against)
Briefly explain why you think your policy falls on that number in the spectrum.
this policy pro, con, or neutral? Do parts of the policy take components from both sides
of the topic? For example, does it represent a solution that individuals on different sides
of the topic might agree upon? Or, does the policy mainly support one perspective?