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September 22, 2019

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Getting Guns
Last Featured: 7/1/2002

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Two weeks after the California Supreme Court granted cities the power to ban gun shows, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced a new, expanded federal interpretation of an individual’s right to bear arms. Ashcroft’s decision reverses four decades of federal gun policy and calls into question the enforceability of federal gun control measures such as background checks. The NRA and gun supporters celebrated what they see as long overdue recognition of the 2nd Amendment and a victory for individual rights, while gun control advocates prepare for battle to save the laws, they say, that save lives.

Michael Beard has been the President of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence,since its inceptionin 1974. This coalition of forty religious, labor, medical, educational and civicorganizations and more than 100,000 individual supporters seeks to stop gun violenceby fostering effective community and national action. Before joining the Coalition,Mr. Beard was the Executive Director of the Committee for Congressional Reform,Self-Determination for D.C. and has worked on the staffs of Representative WalterE. Fauntroy (D-DC), Representative Walter Moeller (D-OH) and Senator John F. Kennedy(D-MA).

Dave Kopel is the Director of Research for The Independence Institute, a public policy research organization which addresses a broad variety of issues, including the right to bear arms from a free-market, pro-freedom perspective. A prolific author on Second Amendment issues, Kopel is the co-author of a new textbook entitled Gun Control and Gun Rights: A Reader and Guide with Andrew J. McClurg and Brannon P. Denning. Named "Gun Rights Defender of the Year" by the Citizen's Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and winner of the Bill of Rights and James Madison Awards from the Second Amendment Foundation, Kopel is a columnist with the Rocky Mountain News, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Firearms and Public Policy.

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"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them: And those will continue 'till they have resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress."

— Abolitionist Frederick Douglass

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NationalRifle Association, A Citizen's Guide to Federal Firearms Laws
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WhereDid You Get That Statistic?-A Firearms and Firearms Violence Bibliography andResource Guide for Advocates Working to Reduce Firearms Violence
TheBrady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Handgun Control, Inc.)
Second Amendment Foundation
Coalitionto Stop Gun Violence
FirearmsLitigation Clearinghouse
Speakout.com:Trigger Locks
washingtonpost.com:U.S. Argues For Wider Gun Rights
CitizensCommittee for the Rights to Keep and Bear Arms: recent US House proposals forgun legislation
CitizensCommittee for the Rights to Keep and Bear Arms: recent US Senate proposals forgun legislation
Gun Violence: Opposing Viewpoints
by James D. Torr (Editor)
Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Studies in Crime and Public Policy)
by Philip J. Cook, Jens Ludwig
The Seven Myths of Gun Control: Reclaiming the Truth About Guns, Crime, and the Second Amendment
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