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NCJ Number: 77315 Find in a Library
Title: Keep a Gun for Self-protection?
Corporate Author: Police Research Associates
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Police Research Associates
Walteria, CA 90505
Sale Source: Police Research Associates
P.O. Box 1103
Walteria, CA 90505
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This 53-minute cassette explains the pros and cons of owning a gun for self-protection and assumes that the listener is not already a firearms owner or familiar with the use of firearms.
Abstract: Those who argue against gun ownership contend that guns introduce a greater possibility of accidents, could be used in domestic or business disputes, have rarely been used on intruders, could cause injury or death to curious children, encourage vigilantism, and may be stolen by burglars. In addition, some owners may risk possible injury by the police if they are seen with their weapon at a burglary scene. Opponents of gun control argue that gun ownership is a constitutional right, that such ownership is in the American tradition, and that the individual's protection of business or property is a fundamental right. Further, proponents argue, police are less able to offer protection because of budget constraints, may be slow in responding, or may even be on strike. Those who argue for gun ownership assume that gun owners will buy firearms of good quality and that they are mature persons who are willing to undertake the necessary training in using firearms safely. The cassette also discusses selecting the most appropriate type of gun, obtaining training and practice, and safe storage of the gun for quick access in an emergency. The problem of when to shoot is explored including warning shots, civil and criminal liability, and conduct after the shooting.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Community crime prevention programs; Firearms; Gun Control
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