Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington yesterday and stated: “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.”
While that may sound like an exaggeration, in some states, it really is easier to purchase an assault weapons than vote.
According to Salon.com:
There are 33 states where you can buy an assault weapon without ID, versus zero states where you can vote without providing some kind of ID — it’s federal law. Meanwhile, there are 43 state where you can buy an assault weapon with an ID, and, and 37 states were you can vote without a government-issued ID.
For voting, U.S. federal law requires some kind of ID, from a power bill to a student ID (issued by a college).
However, in Texas, people must have a Texas state government-issued photo ID to vote. The Lone Star state doesn't allow out-of-state government IDs, which disenfranchises college age voters.
Lindsay Nichols, an attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, told Salon.com: “Under the law in 33 states, it is legal for a person to purchase any kind of assault weapon without any kind of background check or even showing ID, so long as the seller is not licensed as a dealer."
These purchases can happen at gun shows, web sites or anywhere if the seller is not licensed.
The types of states that create strict voting laws, but also have loose gun laws, include Texas and Virginia.