Date of Award

1976

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History

Department

History

Physical Description

1 online resource (114 p.)

Subjects

Firearms -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History

DOI

10.15760/etd.2278

Abstract

This thesis examines the significant gun control legislation enacted in the United States, and the movement to enact it. It is a contention of this thesis that sentiment favoring gun control comes essentially from urban areas which are most remote from America’s frontier heritage, and the common usage of firearms. Sentiment opposing gun control, on the other hand, comes primarily from the West and South which are the areas nearest the frontier heritage. The popularity of firearms in the United States is also due, in large measure, to the pioneer background of this nation. This thesis also contends that firearms legislation thus far enacted in America has been ineffective in reducing crime, and that further legislation could only inconvenience the honest citizen.

Description

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in History

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/15371

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