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Defining Documents in American History: The Gun Debate

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Publisher’s Note

Editor’s Introduction

The Constitution and Its Aftermath

Federalist Papers 24 and 25

Federalist Paper 46: “The Influence of the State and Federal Governments Compared”

House of Representatives Debate on the Second Amendment

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Militia Acts of 1792

Militia Act of 1903 (The Dick Act)

Blackstone’s Commentaries: With Notes of Reference, to the Constitution and Laws, of the Federal Government of the United States; and of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Second Amendment Right to “Keep and Bear Arms”

“All Guns Are Not Created Equal”

As the Nation Expands

A View of the Constitution of the United States

Johnson v. Tompkins et al.

Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States

State v. Huntly

“Crime Against Kansas”

An Introduction to the Constitutional Law of the United States

United States v. Cruikshank

Charter and Revised Ordinances of the City of Galveston, and All Ordinances in Force to October

Presser v. Illinois

The General Principles of Constitutional Law in the United States of America

Volume 2

The Modern Court System Weighs In

United States v. Miller

United States v. Lopez

District of Columbia v. Heller

McDonald v. City of Chicago

Peruta v. County of San Diego

Young v. Hawaii

Responses to the Debate

National Firearms Act of 1934

Gun Control Act of 1968

Undetectable Firearms Act

Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act

Florida Legislation “Justifiable Use of Force” (“Stand Your Ground” Law)

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

“An Honest Conversation about Guns”


Chronological List

Web Resources