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Other Gun Control Strategies

One would assume that the most sensible approach to “gun safety” would be the one that offers the greatest opportunity to reduce firearms death and injury. If that is the standard, then current “gun-safety” measures—which include trigger locks, safety training, and safe-storage laws—fail miserably. —Josh Sugarman, director, Violence Policy Center, Every Handgun Is Aimed at You

You can't have it two ways. If you really safeguard your gun so that innocent people in your house—your children or visitors or someone else—can't get hurt with it, then they won't be able to get that gun for the kind of emergency that they bought it for in the first place. —Joseph McNamara, San Jose police chief

History will not be kind to the Court's ruling. The California Supreme Court today discovered a tortured path to granting the gun industry a special immunity from legal accountability that has no justification in law or public policy….We call on the California legislature to act immediately to right this wrong and repeal the special interest statute invoked by the Court to deny justice to these victims of assault weapon violence. —Dennis Henigan, director, Brady Center's Legal Action Project, commenting on the California Supreme Court's decision in Merrill v. Navegar

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  • Title Page *
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Contents xv
  • I - Essential Background 1
  • 1 - Dissecting the Gun Problem 3
  • 2 - Existing Gun Controls 19
  • 3 - Impediments to More Gun Controls 37
  • II - America's Dominant Gun Control Paradigm 59
  • 4 - The Politics of the Brady Law 61
  • 5 - What the Brady Law Says 77
  • 6 - Holes in the Brady Law 99
  • 7 - Evaluating the Brady Law 111
  • III - Policy Options for the Future 123
  • 8 - Closing the Gun Show and Secondary Market Loophole 125
  • 9 - Comprehensive Licensing and Registration 137
  • 10 - Prohibition and Disarmament 153
  • 11 - Other Gun Control Strategies 171
  • 12 - Creating Gun-Free Public Spaces 197
  • 13 - Conclusion: The “Problem” Reconsidered 213
  • Notes 227
  • Bibliography 263
  • Index 279
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