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NCJ Number: 99473 Find in a Library
Title: Right To Keep and Bear Arms - A Continuing American Dilemma
Author(s): E R Kurschke
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 201
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Following an examination of the historical context of the second amendment right to keep and bear arms, this book examines varying interpretations of the right and the controversy surrounding it.
Abstract: Interpretation by writers on both sides of the controversy are examined, with particular emphasis on individual versus collective analyses. Lower court opinions reflecting both individual and collective analyses and related constitutional concerns (e.g., due process, self-incrimination) are provided. Also examined are U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have held that the second amendment limits Federal, but not State, powers. A summary of the controversy examines the issue with respect to firearm-related violence and crime and presents some scholarly alternatives to the individual/collective rights controversy. Appendixes provide listings of State constitutional provisions dealing with the right and selected court cases. A bibliography contains approximately 180 references.
Index Term(s): Citizen gun ownership; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Judicial decisions; State laws; US Supreme Court decisions
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