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April 22, 2018

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Gunning for Control: The Struggle over the 2nd Amendment
Last Featured: 1/26/2000

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There are few issues in America which captivate public attention, but when the Columbine High School shootings happened, most citizens had strong opinions about the role guns played in that tragedy. Many legislators called for renewed efforts to limit the sale of handguns, particularly to minors and cities such as Chicago and New Orleans and organizations such as the NAACP brought litigation aimed at recouping the costs of gun violence from the gun industry. These lawsuits question whether gun manufacturers and dealers should be held accountable for the criminal use of their products or does the Second Amendment prohibit state regulation and control of firearms?

John R. Lott, Jr. previously the John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, joined the Yale University Law School faculty in the fall 1999. Mr. Lott has held positions at Stanford, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and Rice and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. Lott has published approximately 80 articles in academic journals, has won several academic awards, and is the author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws published by the University of Chicago Press. He is currently completing another book on the reputational penalties born by criminals. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1984.

Carl T. Bogus has been Associate Professor of Law at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island since 1996, prior to which he taught at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey. Before embarking on his teaching career, Mr. Bogus practiced commercial litigation in both federal and state courts for eighteen years. Mr. Bogus is a member of the National Advisory Panel of the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C and a recognized authority on gun control and the Second Amendment. His latest article,

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National Rifle Association
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Second Amendment Foundation
Hand Gun Control, Inc.
Violence Policy Center
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Firearms Litigation Clearinghouse
Speakout.com: Trigger Locks
Where Did You Get That Statistic?-A Firearms and Firearms Violence Bibliography and Resource Guide for Advocates Working to Reduce Firearms Violence
Who Dies? A Look at Firearms Death and Injury in America - Revised Edition
National Rifle Association, A Citizen's Guide to Federal Firearms Laws: A summary of federal restrictions on the purchase, sale, possession, and transportation of firearms and ammunition.
Reynolds, Off Target with Gun Controls, National Center for Policy Analysis, June 11, 1999.
National Center for Policy Analysis, Suing Gun Manufacturers: Hazardous to Our Health, March 23, 1999
Supreme Court Allows Dismissal of Gun Maker Suit
More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws (Studies in Law and Economics (Chicago, Ill.)
by John R., Jr. Lott
The Changing Politics of Gun Control
by John M. Bruce (Editor) Clyde Wilcox (Editor)
The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy : Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies
by David B. Kopel
The Right to a Jury Trial
Bail Bondsmen, Bounty Hunters and Private Prisons
Innovations in Policing