Congressional Research Service: Gun Control Legislation

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William J. Krouse, a specialist in domestic security and crime policy, provides a historical and current assessment of gun control legislation in the United States. The report includes relevant statistics and arguments to help laypeople weave through the maze.

An extract from the article:

Through the years, legislative proposals to restrict the availability of firearms to the public have·raised the following questions: What restrictions on firearms are permissible under the·Constitution? Does gun control constitute crime control? Can the nation’s rates of homicide,·robbery, and assault be reduced by the stricter regulation of firearms commerce or ownership?·Would restrictions stop attacks on public figures or thwart deranged persons and terrorists? Would·household, street corner, and schoolyard disputes be less lethal if firearms were more difficult and·expensive to acquire? Would more restrictive gun control policies have the unintended effect of·impairing citizens’ means of self-defense?


To gun control advocates, the opposition is out of touch with the times, misinterprets the Second·Amendment, and is lacking in concern for the problems of crime and violence. To gun control·opponents, advocates are naive in their faith in the power of regulation to solve social problems,·bent on disarming the American citizen for ideological or social reasons, and moved by irrational·hostility toward firearms and gun enthusiasts

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