The History of Gun Control in America

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Hansen, Gary W.
Portland State University Library
Firearms -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History; History; United States History
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This thesis examines the significant gun control legislation enacted in the United States, and the movement to enact it. It is a contention of this thesis that sentiment favoring gun control comes essentially from urban areas which are most remote from America’s frontier heritage, and the common usage of firearms. Sentiment opposing gun control, on the other hand, comes primarily from the West and South which are the areas nearest the frontier heritage. The popularity of firearms in the United States is also due, in large measure, to the pioneer background of this nation. This thesis also contends that firearms legislation thus far enacted in America has been ineffective in reducing crime, and that further legislation could only inconvenience the honest citizen.