Guns across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights by Robert J. SpitzerGuns across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights by Robert J. Spitzer

Guns across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights

byRobert J. Spitzer

Paperback | April 15, 2017

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Gun ownership is as old as the nation, but, as Robert J. Spitzer demonstrates in Guns across America, so is gun regulation. In vast swathes of America, the sanctity of the Second Amendment has become a political third rail, never to be questioned, yet by employing new research on early gunlaws, Spitzer reveals that firearms were in fact more strictly regulated in the country's first three centuries than in recent years. The first "gun grabbers" were not 1960s Chablis-drinking liberals, but seventeenth century rum-guzzling pioneers, and their legacy continued through strict gunregulations into the 1920s and beyond. Indeed, as gun rights proponents seek to roll back gun laws and press guns into as many hands as possible, warning that gun rights are endangered, they sidestep the central question: are stricter gun laws incompatible with robust gun rights? Spitzer answersthis question by examining New York State's tough gun laws, where his political analysis is complemented by his own quest for a concealed carry handgun permit and construction of a legal AR-15 assault weapon. Not only can gun rights and rules coexist, but they have throughout American history. Gunsacross America reveals the long-obscured truth: gun regulations are in fact as American as apple pie.
Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at SUNY Cortland. He is the author of 15 books, including five on the presidency and five on gun policy, and of over 600 articles, essays, and papers appearing in many books, journals, newspapers, and web sites on many American politics s...
Title:Guns across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and RightsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190621060

ISBN - 13:9780190621063

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