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Title A right to bear arms? : the contested role of history in contemporary debates on the Second Amendment / edited by Jennifer Tucker, Bart Hacker, and Margaret Vining.

Publication Info. Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2019.
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  344.730533 RIG    AVAILABLE
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Description ix, 345 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
Series Smithsonian contribution to knowledge.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction / Jennifer Tucker -- Part 1. Guns and firearms ownership in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England and America; Introduction to part 1 ; The right to bear arms in English and Irish historical context / Tim Harris ; Who had guns in eighteenth-century Britain? / Priya Satia ; Firearms ownership and militias in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England and America / Kevin M. Sweeney ; Limits on armed travel under Anglo-American law: change and continuity over the Constitutional Longue Durée, 1688-1868 / Saul Cornell ; "You never dreamt of a poysoned bullet": "forbidden" ammunition from the sixteenth century to the present / Jonathan S. Ferguson ; Why guns are and are not the problem: the relationship between guns and homicide in American history / Randolph Roth -- Part 2. The right to arms and the Anglo-American tradition: historical debate. Introduction to part 2 ; English and American gun rights / Lois G. Schwoerer ; The right to be armed: the Common Law legacy in England and America / Joyce Lee Malcolm ; The "reasonable regulation: right to arms: the gun-rights Second Amendment before the standard model / Patrick J. Charles-- Part 3. History and the Supreme Court: opposing legal viewpoints. Introduction to part 3 ; Going armed: how Common Law distinguishes the peaceable bearing of arms from carrying weapons to terrorize others / Stephen P. Halbrook ; The use and misuse of history in Second Amendment litigation / Mark Anthony Frassetto -- Appendix 1. District of Columbia et al., Petitioners, v. Dick Anthony Heller, Respondent--Brief of the Cato Institute and History Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondent -- Appendix 2. District of Columbia et al., Petitioners, v. Dick Anthony Heller, Respondent--Brief of Amici Curiae Jack N. Rakove, Saul Cornell, DAvid T. Konig, William J. Novak, Lois G. Schwoerer et al. in Support of Petitioners -- Bibliographer -- Contributors -- Index.
Summary "The history of firearm use and possession is a topic of considerable contemporary debate. Yet, what do we actually know about firearms in the Anglo-American tradition? How is the history of firearms taught and remembered? In recent years historians and legal scholars have examined different threads of the densely interwoven relationships between firearms and American culture and society. This history stretches back to 14th-century England and includes locations as diverse as Puritan Massachusetts and 19th-century Dodge City. Rather than assume a static, unchanging relationship to firearms, historians and legal scholars have shown that this history has been closely related to the broader processes of social change that transformed American society from an early modern pre-industrial culture governed by a powerful monarch to a multi-cultural industrial democracy. The book addresses aspects of the current state of historical scholarship on firearms; offers a rare, bipartisan view of the significant breadth of the current state of historical scholarship on firearms history; and includes views of legal practitioners with divergent interpretations of the current meaning of the Second Amendment."--Provided by publisher.
Subject United States. Constitution. 2nd Amendment -- History.
Firearms -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Gun control -- United States -- History.
Gun control -- Great Britain -- History.
Added Author Tucker, Jennifer, 1965- editor.
Hacker, Barton C., 1935- editor.
Vining, Margaret, editor.
Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, publisher.
Added Title Contested role of history in contemporary debates on the Second Amendment
ISBN 9781944466251 (hardcover)
1944466258 (hardcover)
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