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NCJ Number: 63725 Find in a Library
Title: GUN CONTROL (FROM CRITICAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 1979; BY R G IACOVETTA AND DAE H CHANG - SEE NCJ-63717)
Author(s): W W DUNNING
Corporate Author: Carolina Academic Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Carolina Academic Press
Durham, NC 27701
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE EXAMINING THE HISTORY AND CURRENT STATUS OF GUN CONTROL ARGUES AGAINST MOST PROPOSED ANTIGUN LEGISLATION AND FAVORS THE 1976 GEORGIA LAW THAT REGISTERS PERSONS INSTEAD OF GUNS.
Abstract: ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF VARIOUS FORMS OF GUN CONTROL ARE CITED AND THEN REFUTED. THE SECOND AMENDMENT GUARANTEES THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS; REGISTRATION IS LIKELY TO LEAD TO ABOLITION OF THIS RIGHT. COMPARISONS OF CITIZEN ATTITUDES AND LAWS IN ENGLAND, CEYLON, SWITZERLAND, JAMAICA, AND THE PHILIPPINES ARE BRIEFLY MADE. THE ARTICLE CRITICIZES MOST PROPOSALS FOR GUN REGISTRATION OR PROHIBITION. INSTEAD, IT SUGGESTS THAT FIREARM OWNERS AND USERS BE LICENSED AFTER WRITTEN OR ORAL EXAMINATIONS, THAT FEES BE SET TO COVER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, THAT THERE BE A RIGHT OF APPEAL IF DENIAL SEEMS UNFAIR, AND THAT NO PROVISION BE MADE FOR REGISTRATION OF THE ARMS THEMSELVES. ONE OF THE BEST GUN LAWS IS THE 1976 GEORGIA LAW THAT REQUIRES A LICENSE TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN ANYWHERE OTHER THAN AT HOME OR BUSINESS. THE LICENSE APPLIES TO THE PERSON, NOT THE GUN. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AND FOOTNOTES FOLLOW. (RFC)
Index Term(s): England; Gun Control; Handguns; Physical crime prevention; Switzerland; United States of America
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