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NCJ Number: 149025 Find in a Library
Title: Gun Control
Corporate Author: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 45
Sponsoring Agency: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Washington, DC 20036
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8447-0175-0
Sale Source: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
1150 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This legislative analysis outlines the history of gun control efforts, dating from enactment of the War Revenue Act of 1919 to the bills that came before the 94th Congress.
Abstract: Proponents of gun control legislation have argued that expanded Federal control of handguns is a necessary answer to gun-related crime. Opponents of the primary gun control bills presented to the 94th Congress generally identified four broad areas of concern: the Second Amendment guarantee of the right of the people to keep and bear arms, the question of whether gun control is essential as a means of controlling crime, the efficiency of Federal gun control laws, and the "Saturday Night Special" question (i.e., the ambiguity with which proposed banned handguns are often defined). The two principal bills considered by the 94th Congress included H.R. 11193 which would restructure the licensing requirements of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to increase annual license fees, and the Bayh bill, which would introduce additional regulation to the buying and selling of handguns. 95 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Gun Control; Gun Control Act of 1968; Gun control legislation; Legislation
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