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NY SAFE Act and the Gun Control Debate

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Gun control and the interpretation of the Second Amendment have been highly contested throughout the history of the United States. The recent NYS Safe Act has brought the issue of gun control the forefront, causing some residents to rejoice and others to protest in anger. Regardless of opinion, the issues surrounding the right to bear arms are here to stay.
There are countless organizations that focus on the issue of gun control. The National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) are among the leading voices on the issue. The NRA was founded in 1871 and is now the world’s premier firearms education organization. The NRA is a major political force with strong pro-gun beliefs. The CSGV has a very different view on gun control. This organization strives for stricter gun control policies.

The Dewey Library also has many useful materials on gun control that include both sides of the argument. Check out the following books for more information:

Living with guns: A liberal's case for the Second Amendment
. Craig R. Whitney. New York: Public Affairs, c2012.
Dewey Library KF 3941 W4425 2012

Gunfight: The battle over the right to bear arms in America
. Adam Winkler. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., c2011.
Dewey Library KF 3941 W56 2011

More guns, less crime: Understanding crime and gun-control laws
. John R. Lott, Jr. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c2010.
Dewey Library KF 3941 L68 2010

Gun crusaders: The NRA's culture war
. Scott Melzer. New York : New York University Press, c2009. Dewey Library HV 7436 M45 2009

Out of range: Why the Constitution can't end the battle over guns
. Mark V. Tushnet. Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, c2007.
Dewey Library KF 3941 T872 2007

Guns, gun control, and elections: The politics and policy of firearms. Harry L. Wilson. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, c2007.
Dewey Library HV 7436 W55 2007

Gun control in the United States: A reference handbook. Gregg Lee Carter. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, c2006.
Dewey Library Reference HV 7436 C36 2006

A well-regulated militia: The founding fathers and the origins of gun control in America
. Saul Cornell. Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, c2006.
Dewey Library KF 4558 2ND C67 2006

If you have any questions about finding relevant materials at the Dewey Library, please contact our Criminal Justice bibliographer Richard Irving. He can be reached by phone at 442-3698 or email rirving@albany.edu.

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