Throughout the past years in America, mass shootings have become more prevalent in today’s society. According to a 2015 study by Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama who received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Justice, Law & Society, from 1966 to 2012, thirty-one percent of the murderers in mass shootings worldwide were American. To define mass shootings, it is important to look at the most widely used meaning. It can be described as, an incident involving a shooting of four or more victims who were injured or killed.With the rise of mass shootings in America comes more debate on the issue of guns. The accessibility of these weapons plays a major role on the havoc caused. The accessibility of weapons due to ineffective background checks, purchasing weapons online(legally and illegally) or in gun shows, and the debate of laws, permits, and regulations contributes to mass shootings in America. When purchasing a firearm through licensed gun shops it is required to obtain a background check. “Federal law provides states with the option of serving as a state “point of contact” and conducting their own background checks using state, as well as federal, records and databases, or having the checks performed by the FBI using only the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database. Note that state files are not always included in the federal database.”(Clifford Law Center, 2017). Unfortunately, there are many instances where some red flags go unnoticed. For instance, Dylann Roof, a white supremacist responsible for the Charleston Church Shooting in 2017 killed nine people. Roof was able to obtain a .45 caliber pistol at a gun store despite previously being arrested for trespassing and gun possession. Another event which occurred in 2007, the gunmen, Seung-Hui Cho, of the Virginia Tech Shooting where 33 people died, was deemed to be a danger to himself by a court but was still able to buy a firearm.Purchasing guns through the internet (legally or illegally) and gun shows are too accessible for those who have felonies, are minors, do not need any registration or process to buy a gun. Most states do not require background checks for firearms purchased at gun shows from individuals, federal law only requires licensed dealers to conduct checks(Governing, n.d.).