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Can Gun Control Work?$
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James B. Jacobs

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176582.001.0001

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Existing Gun Controls

Existing Gun Controls

(p.19) 2 Existing Gun Controls
Can Gun Control Work?

James B. Jacobs

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a brief historical tour of federal firearms regulation and some background on state and local gun controls. It traces the history of federal and state gun control from the 1920s to the present, emphasizing the continuity from the 1938 Federal Firearms Act (FFA) to the 1968 Gun Control Act (GCA) to the 1993 Brady Law. It holds that it is likely that future federal gun control legislation will build upon the foundation that has been established over the past 75 years. Up until now the principal federal policy is that law-abiding adults should be allowed to purchase and possess firearms, at least in their homes, but that dangerous classes of people should be denied access to guns and should be punished for possessing them. Furthermore, both federal and state criminal laws provide very serious punishment for crimes committed with a firearm.

Keywords:   gun controls, Federal Firearms Act, Gun Control Act, Brady Law, federal gun control, firearms regulation

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