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Gun Debate

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Note

Introductory Essay


Guide to Selected Topics

Aborn, Richard (1952–)

Academics for the Second Amendment (A2A)

Accidents Involving Guns

African Americans and Guns



Amendment II Democrats

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Bar Association (ABA)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Firearms Institute (AFI)

American Jewish Congress (AJC)

American Revolution

American Rifleman

American Shooting Sports Council (ASSC)

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

Americans for Responsible Solutions

Americans United for Safe Streets (AUSS)

Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act

Armijo v. Ex Cam, Inc. (1987)

Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment (AWARE)

Assault Weapons Ban

Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater Shooting, 2012


Aymette v. The State (1840)

Ayoob, Massad (1948– )

Background Checks

Bailey v. United States (1996)

Barr, Bob (1948– )

Barrett .50-Caliber Sniper Rifles

Barrett v. United States (1976)

Barron v. Baltimore (1833)

Beecham v. United States (1994)

Beecher’s Bibles

Bernethy v. Walt Failor’s Inc. (1978)

Binghamton, New York, Shooting (2009)

Black Codes

Black Panther Party

Black Talon Bullet

Bliss v. Commonwealth (1822)

Bloomberg, Michael R. (1942– )

Bowling for Columbine 44

Boxer, Barbara (1940– )

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act

Brady, James (1940–2014)

Brady, Sarah (1942–2015)


British American Security Information Council (BASIC)

Browning, John Moses (1855–1926)

Bryan v. United States (1998)

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)

Bush, George W. (1946–)

Bush, George H. W. (1924– )


Caron v. United States (1998)

Cases v. United States (1942)

The Castle Doctrine

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)

Center to Prevent Handgun Violence (CPHV)

Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)

City of Las Vegas v. Moberg (1971)

City of Salina v. Blaksley (1905)

Civil Forfeiture

Clinton, William Jefferson (Bill) (1946– )

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV)


Colorado Springs, Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting, 2015

Colt, Samuel (1814–1862)

Commonwealth v. Davis (1976)

Concealed Carrying on College Campuses

Concealed Carry Laws

Concealed Weapons Detectors

Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

Constitutional Accountability Center

Consumer Product Safety

Conyers, John (1929– )

Cook, Philip J. (1946– )

Cox, Christopher (Chris) W. (1978– )

Diaz, Tom (1940– )

Dick Act

Dickerson v. New Banner Institute, Inc. (1983)

District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO)

Dodd, Thomas J. (1907–1971)

Drive-By Shootings


Eddie Eagle

Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Shooting

Empire State Building Shooting

Everytown for Gun Safety

Farmer v. Higgins (1990)


Federalist Papers 103

Feinstein, Dianne (1933– )

Feldman, Richard (1951–)

Firearm Sentence Enhancement (FSE) Laws

Firearms Coalition

Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC)

Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA)

Fourteenth Amendment

Fourth Amendment

Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

Gang Violence and Guns

German Firearms Laws, 1920s-1930s

Gottlieb, Alan Merril (1947– )

Gritz, James (Bo) (1939– )

Gun Buyback Programs

Gun Control Act of 1968

Gun Culture

Gun-Free Schools Act

Gun Journal

Gun Owners

Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL)

Gun Owners of America (GOA)

Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC)

Gun Show Loophole

Gun Shows

Gun Trafficking

Gun Week (GW)

Gun World

Guns and Ammo (G&A)

Guns Magazine (GM)

Gunshot Detection Technology (GDT)

Halbrook, Stephen P. (1947– )

Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI)

Handguns Magazine

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC)

Harder, Chuck (1944– )

Health Care Professionals

Heartland Institute

Helmke, W. Paul, Jr. (1948– )

HELP Network

Hemenway, David (1945– )

Henigan, Dennis (1951– )

Heston, Charlton (1924–2008)

Huddleston v. United States (1974)

Hunting Culture

Hutaree Militia

Independence Institute

Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), National Rifle Association

Instrumentality Effect

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO)

International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)


Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)


Jefferson, Thomas (1743–1826)

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO)

John Birch Society (JBS)

Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Jonesboro, Arkansas, School Shooting

Kates, Don B., Jr. (1941– )

Kellermann, Arthur (1955– )

Kelley v. R.G. Industries, Inc. (1983)

Kennesaw, Georgia

Klanwatch Project

Kleck, Gary (1950– )

Knox, Neal (1935–2005)

Kopel, David B. (1960– )

Ku Klux Klan

LaPierre, Wayne (1950– )

Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines (LCAMs)

Lautenberg, Frank R. (1924–2013 )

Lautenberg Amendment

Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA)

Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act

Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 (PL 109-92; 119 Stat. 2095)

Lawyer’s Second Amendment Society (LSAS)

Legal Action Project (LAP)

Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV)

Lewis v. United States (1980)

Libertarian Party

Littleton, Colorado, Columbine School Shooting

Long Gun

Lott, John R., Jr. (1958– )

Ludwig, Jens Otto (1968– )

Mailing of Firearms Act (MFA)

Martin, Trayvon, and George Zimmerman

Maryland One-Gun-Per-Month Law

Maryland v. United States (1965)

Massachusetts Gun Violence Prevention Law

Mayors Against Illegal Guns

McCarthy, Carolyn Cook (1944– )

McClure, James Albertas (1924–2011 )

McCollum, William (Bill) (1944– )

McDonald v. Chicago (2010)

Media Violence

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

Metaksa, Tanya K. (1936– )


Michigan Militia (MM)

Militia Act of 1792

Militia of Montana (MOM)

Militia Watchdog

Miller v. Texas (1894)

Million Mom March

Minutemen, Modern

Minutemen, Revolutionary

Morton Grove, Illinois

Mothers Against Violence in America (MAVIA)

Muscarello v. United States (1998)

National Association of Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers (NAFLFD)

National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR)

National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)

National Education Association (NEA)

National Firearms Act of 1934

National Firearms Association (NFA) of Canada

National Instant Check System (NICS)

National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)

National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA)

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

National Parks Gun Policy

National Rifle Association (NRA)

National SAFE KIDS Campaign

National School Safety Center (NSSC)

National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)

National Tracing Center (NTC)

Native Americans

Ninth Amendment

Northern Illinois University Shooting

Nunn v. Georgia (1846)

The New York SAFE Act

Obama, Barack Hussein (1961–)

Obama’s Gun Proposals to Congress, 2013

Oklahoma City Bombing

Open Carry Movement

Orlando, Florida, Shooting

Pacific Center for Violence Prevention (PCVP)

Paladin Press

Palin, Sarah Louise Heath (1964– )

Paul, Ron (1935– )

Paul Revere Network (PRN)


Perpich v. Department of Defense (1990)

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

Police Shootings

Potomac Institute

Pratt, Larry (1942– )

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PCUSA)

Presser v. Illinois (1886)

Printz v. United States (1997)

Product Liability Lawsuits

Project Exile

Project Lifeline

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005

Protest Easy Guns (PEG)

Quilici v. Village of Morton Grove (1982)

Reagan, Ronald (1911–2004)

Remington, Eliphalet, II (1793–1861)

Reno, Janet (1938– )

Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Act

Ruby Ridge

Ruger, William Batterman (Bill) (1916–2002)


Safety for Women and Responsible Motherhood (SWARM)

San Bernardino, California, Shooting

Sandy Hook School Shooting

Saturday Night Special

Sawed-Off Shotgun

Schools and Guns

Schubert v. DeBard (1980)

Schumer, Charles E. (1950– )

(Dred) Scott v. Sandford (1857)

Second Amendment

Second Amendment Committee (SAC)

Second Amendment Foundation (SAF)

Second Amendment Foundation v. City of Renton (1983)

Second Amendment Sisters

Shotgun News

Sklar v. Byrne (1984)

Small Arms Review

Smart Guns

Smith and Wesson

Smith v. United States (1993)

Soldier of Fortune

Sonzinsky v. United States (1937)

Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI)

Sporting Purposes Test

Stand Your Ground laws

Staples v. United States (1994)

State Firearms Preemption Laws

State v. Boyce (1983)

State v. Kerner (1921)

State v. Kessler (1980)

State v. Rosenthal (1903)

Stevens v. United States (1971)

Stockton, California, Shooting

Stop Handgun Violence (SHV)

Straw Purchases

Student Pledge Against Gun Violence

Sugarmann, Josh (1960– )


Sullivan Law




Texas Tower Shooting

Third Way

Thompson, Linda (1952–2009)

Tiahrt Amendment

Tommy Gun

The Trace

Trigger Locks

Tucson, Arizona Shooting, 2011

The Turner Diaries

Umpqua Community College Shooting, 2015

Undetectable Firearms Act

United Kingdom

United Nations (UN)

United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)

United States Conference of Mayors (USCM)

United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)

United States v. Cruikshank (1876)

United States v. Emerson (2001)

United States v. Freed (1971)

United States v. Lopez (1995)

United States v. Miller (1939)

United States v. One Assortment of 89 Firearms (1984)

United States v. Powell (1975)

United States v. Rene Martin Verdugo-Urquidez (1990)

United States v. Tot (1942)

United States v. Warin (1976)

United States-Mexico Gun Trade

Violence Policy Center (VPC)

Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP)

Violent Crime Rate

Virginia Tech Shooting

Volkmer, Harold Lee (1931–2011)

Waco, Texas, Raid

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., Navy Yard Shooting

Watts, Shannon (1973–)

Whitney, Eli (1765–1825)

Winchester, Oliver Fisher (1810–1880)

Wintemute, Garen J. (1951– )

Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV)

Women and Guns

Women and Guns Magazine

Youth and Guns

Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative (YCGII)

Zimring, Franklin E. (1942– )

Primary Documents

Appendix 1: State Constitutional Gun Rights Provisions

Appendix 2: State Concealed Carry Policies

Appendix 3: List of Organizations