I'm not sure about a lot of Americans feeling that way about licensing, but that is the way I feel. I just don't trust the Federal government. You're right, laws vary from state to state. Federal law is the law of the land to certain point. As long as state law does not violate federal law, they can make their own laws regarding anything from fire arms to immigration.Do a lot of people in the US think this? I am not an American, I live in Canada and we have to have a license for firearms. There are several classes of licenses for various types of firearms. One thing I have noticed is that the firearms laws vary from state to state. In Canada it is one set of rules for the entire country - the provinces and cities can not enact different laws. What is legal on one side of the country, is legal on the other side.