Statutory and Constitutional Provisions Relating to the Purchase, Ownership, and Use of Firearms
The data included in the table on the following pages were compiled by the National Rifle
Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action and appear in the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online, Table 1.87,
A long gun is a rifle or shotgun. The source defines "constitutional provision" by citing Article 1, Section 15 of the Connecticut State Constitution as an example of the basic feature contained in the constitutions of many states. It reads: "Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State."
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Publication information: Book title: Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights. Contributors: Glenn H. Utter - Author. Publisher: Oryx Press. Place of publication: Phoenix, AZ. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 345.