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Showing papers in "Journal on firearms and public policy in 1999"


Journal Article
TL;DR: For instance, this article found that between 60,000 and 80,000 times per year, Canadian adults use a firearm to defend themselves against human threats from dangerous people or animals.
Abstract: There is a vigorous debate over the frequency with which private citizens resort to the use of firearms for self defense. No information has been previously available about how often firearms are used defensively outside of the United States. This paper estimates the frequency with which firearms are used for self protection by analyzing three telephone surveys of the general public in Canada and a fourth survey of the general public in the United States. Canadians report using firearms to protect themselves between 60,000 and 80,000 times per year from dangerous people or animals. Between 19,000 and 37,500 of these incidents involve defense against human threats. The results of the American survey confirm estimates about the frequency firearms are used for self protection in the United States (Kleck 1988, 1991). In comparison with the number of households with firearms, the frequency with which Canadians use firearms to defend themselves against human threats is somewhat less than that of Americans. Policy makers in both the United States and in Canada should be aware the private ownership of firearms has benefits as well as costs for society. Firearms bans may cost more lives than they save.

14 citations


Journal Article
TL;DR: In this article, the authors respond to critics of the National Self-Defense Survey, which found that there are approximately 2.5 million defensive gun uses per year in the United States.
Abstract: The author responds to critics of the National Self-Defense Survey, which found that there are approximately 2.5 million defensive gun uses per year in the United States.

11 citations


Journal Article
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors present a list of articles about the Second Amendment or gun control that have been published in law reviews, and present a review of the most relevant articles.
Abstract: This article lists articles about the Second Amendment or gun control that have been published in law reviews.

9 citations


Journal Article
TL;DR: In this article, the authors analyze what they consider to be fallacious arguments on both sides of the gun control issue, including failure of each side to acknowledge the strongest arguments against the side's preferred interpretation of the Second Amendment, unsupportable claims about the meaning of the Miller case, and a wide variety of statistical claims about a cause-and-effect relationship of guns and crime.
Abstract: This author analyzes what he considers to be fallacious arguments on both sides of the gun control issue. Analyzing rhetoric from the National Rifle Association, from Handgun Control, and from other sources, the author dissects various fallacies including: failure of each side to acknowledge the strongest arguments against the side's preferred interpretation of the Second Amendment; unsupportable claims about the meaning of the Miller case; and a wide variety of statistical claims about the cause-and-effect relationship of guns and crime.

2 citations


Journal Article
TL;DR: A national system of gun registration and licensing would substantially assist the prosecution of felon-in-possession cases, without imposing unreasonable burdens on legitimate gun owners as mentioned in this paper. But it is difficult to implement such a system in practice.
Abstract: A national system of gun registration and gun licensing would substantially assist the prosecution of felon-in-possession cases, without imposing unreasonable burdens on legitimate gun owners.

1 citations