Guns and Contemporary Society: The Past, Present, and Future of Firearms and Firearm Policy [3 volumes]: The Past, Present, and Future of Firearms and Firearm Policy

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Glenn H. Utter
ABC-CLIO, 1. dets 2015 - 861 pages
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Recent mass shootings have led to renewed calls for additional legislation at the state and federal levels to address gun access and control. In this hard-hitting compilation, experts delve into various aspects of firearms in America—from gun control and gun rights to militia movements, to school-related shootings, and to the recent trends in gun ownership by women. Authors from varied backgrounds and viewpoints share their perspectives on the pros and cons of firearm ownership as all of the following: a constitutional right, a key instrument of self-defense, a guarantee of political freedoms, and as a major factor in crime and personal injury.

The reference is divided into three volumes. The first volume covers firearm history, legislation, and policy; the second volume explores public opinion, gun ownership trends, international laws, and self-defense; and the third considers popular debates about firearm policy, including concealed carry of firearms, terrorism and the ownership of firearms, background checks for purchasing guns, and stand-your-ground laws. The work concludes with an informed debate on gun policy between Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners, and Paul Helmke, former president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

 

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Contents

From Colonial Times to the Civil War
1
CHAPTER TWO The Struggle over Gun Control at the National Level
33
CHAPTER THREE A History of Fire arms Legislation at the State and Local Levels
67
Court Decisions Dealing with Fire arms
83
CHAPTER FIVE Gun Rights and the Worlds Constitutions
103
The History of the American Firearms Industry
111
CHAPTER SEVEN Evolution of the National Rifle Association and Other Gun Rights Organizations
139
CHAPTER EIGHT Organizations Advocating Gun Control
165
CHAPTER NINE The Failure of Operation Fast and Furious and the Complexity of Firearms Trafficking into Mexico
197
Index
221
About the Editor and Contributors
239

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Glenn H. Utter, PhD, is distinguished professor emeritus at Lamar University in Texas.

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