Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Mantel, Barbara. Gun Control: Should lawmakers tighten firearm restrictions? CQ Researcher March 8, 2013. The debate over gun control has been inescapable since last December, when Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., before taking his own life in one of the nation's most horrific mass shootings. There have been marches and protests, Super Bowl advertisements, emotional and contentious congressional and state hearings and a new, tough gun-control law in New York state. Polls show broad bipartisan public support for expanding background checks to include private gun purchases, although support is weaker and more polarized for a ban on assault-style weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines. Yet momentum may be fading in Congress for passage of any new gun-control legislation as members grapple with the federal government's looming debt limit and this month's automatic budget cuts.From the CQ Researcher. Reprinted with permission from CQ Press.

Jost, Kenneth. "Gun Rights Debate." CQ Researcher 31 Oct. 2008. The Supreme Court gave gun rights advocates a major victory on June 26, recognizing for the first time an individual right under the Second Amendment to own and possess firearms. The 5-4 decision struck down a handgun ban adopted by the District of Columbia in 1976. Gun rights advocates the very same day began challenging
similar bans in Chicago and elsewhere. In his majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia said the decision did not invalidate laws establishing qualifications to buy weapons, limiting the carrying of weapons in "sensitive" places or barring possession by felons or the mentally ill. Dissenting justices argued the ruling misinterpreted the history of the Second Amendment and would lead the court into striking down many gun laws. Gun control groups hope the ruling sets the stage for more reasoned debate over gun regulations by removing the specter of confiscation of weapons. But gun owners plan to use the ruling to challenge licensing schemes and to urge state legislators to ease restrictions on carrying weapons in public.

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CQ Researcher:

Jost, Kenneth. "Gun Violence." CQ Researcher 17.20 (2007): 457-480.

Adams, Bob. "Gun Control Debate." CQ Researcher 14.40 (2004): 949-972.


Doherty, Brian. Gun Control on Trial : Inside the Supreme Court Battle over the Second Amendment. Cato Institute, 2008.

Jacobs, James B. Can Gun Control Work?. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Ludwig, Jens and Cook, Philip J. Evaluating Gun Policy: Effects on Crime and Violence. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2003.

Melzer, Scott. Gun Crusaders : The NRA's Culture War. NYU Press, 2009.

Squires, Peter. Gun Culture or Gun Control: Firearms, Violence and Society. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Reference articles from Gale Virtual Reference (includes the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, and West's Encyclopedia of American Law). One particularly interesting article is an outline of gun laws in various States found in the National Survey of State Laws [Ed. Richard Leiter. 6th ed. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2008].

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