Home Depot's truck rental policy is tougher than gun restrictions in many states

Posted at 11:13 AM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 14:57:06-04

As people mockingly suggested stricter rental truck control in the wake of a terror attack that killed 8 people on Tuesday in New York City, The Independent compared U.S. gun laws with Home Depot's truck rental policies.

"Many on the right have sarcastically suggested that liberals should be calling for car rental controls as well as stricter gun control," The Independent wrote, considering that many of 2017's terror attacks have involved vehicles plowing into crowds.

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According to its website, Home Depot requires that truck renters be at least 21 years old, possess a current American or Canadian driver's license and leave a $50 deposit. Additionally, proof of automobile insurance is required for Home Depot's "Load 'N Go" rentals.

Many gun laws in the U.S. are laxer than these three simple requirements, The Independent reports.

According to the the Giffords Law Center, an organization that pushes for tighter gun controls, federal law limits sales of handguns to age 18 and older by people who are not firearms dealers. Dealers are limited to age 21 and up. 

There is no federal age limit for sales of long guns (rifles and shotguns) by unlicensed sellers, but dealers can sell long guns to 18 and up only. 

The Huffington Post reports that 36 states have no legal requirements for gun registration, no permit needed and no license necessary to purchase and own a firearm, since the right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

"While liberals believe legal restrictions would lower gun death rates, conservatives hold that stricter laws would do little to curb the behavior of violent criminals," the Huffington Post wrote.