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Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181166.001.0001

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Choosing a Coherent Policy toward Juveniles and Guns

Choosing a Coherent Policy toward Juveniles and Guns

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(p.175) Twelve Choosing a Coherent Policy toward Juveniles and Guns
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American Juvenile Justice
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Franklin E. Zimring

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181166.003.0056

This chapter provides a strategic context for thinking about adolescent gun use as a public policy problem. The first section considers the justification of age-specific prohibitions. The second section discusses the potential and limits of partial or age-specific prohibition as a gun control strategy. The third section examines the practical problems of prohibiting gun access to the young by examining the record of parallel efforts to restrict access to tobacco, alcohol, and pornography. The final section discusses a more particularized topic: whether juvenile courts or criminal courts are better suited to handle adolescents charged with the violation of age-specific gun prohibitions.

Keywords:   adolescent gun use, public policy, age-specific prohibition, gun control, juvenile courts, criminal courts

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