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NCJ Number: 44558 Find in a Library
Title: PEOPLE VS HANDGUNS - THE CAMPAIGN TO BAN HANDGUNS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Author(s): J V HOLMBERG; M CLANCY; J GUZIEC; P D NICHOLS; J LATHAM; D AIKEN
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 174
Sponsoring Agency: George Gund Foundation
Cleveland, OH 44115
United States Conference of Mayors
Washington, DC 20006
Sale Source: United States Conference of Mayors
1620 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE TEXT DETAILS THE LEGISLATIVE AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF HANDGUN CONTROL IN MASSACHUSETTS, DESCRIBES THE HANDGUN REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN, AND ANALYZES THE RESULTING VOTE WHICH DEFEATED THE REFERENDUM.
Abstract: THE REPORT ALSO PROVIDES AN INSIGHT INTO THE INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS ITSELF. IN MANY RESPECTS THE HANDGUN REFERENDUM DRIVE BECAME A NATIONAL AS WELL AS A STATE ISSUE. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME A SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVE PETITION CAMPAIGN ON HANDGUN CONTROL HAD BEEN MOUNTED AND, ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL AT THE POLLS, THE FACT THAT THE INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS WAS AVAILABLE AND WAS UTILIZED BY CITIZENS IS VIEWED AS IMPORTANT. THIS REPORT REFLECTS BOTH THE SUCCESS AND THE FAILURE OF THE CAMPAIGN TO BAN HANDGUNS. SUPPORTING MATERIALS AND INDEX ARE APPENDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED).
Index Term(s): Gun Control; Handguns; Legislation; Massachusetts
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