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Encyclopedia of gun control and gun rights
Utter, Glenn H.
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Publication Information:
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 376 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 27 cm
Reading Level:
1390 Lexile.
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KF3941.A68 U88 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
KF3941.A68 U88 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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With public perception of gun violence at an all-time high, the "Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights" is the perfect resource for any library. Providing 300-plus entries of in-depth coverage (each entry is from 700 to 1,000 words), this encyclopedia is exceptional for its unbiased approach to this controversial issue. Arranged in an A-Z format with numerous cross-references, this encyclopedia is especially easy to use.

Author Notes

GLENN H. UTTER is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he has taught since 1969. His areas of instruction include American government and politics and classical and contemporary political thought. Dr. Utter received his B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his M.A. in philosophy from the University of London (Bedford College). He has served as the manuscript reviewer of two political science journals. Dr. Utter has authored the books Campaign and Election Reform, and The Religious Right: A Reference Handbook, and edited American Political Scientists: A Dictionary. He is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters.

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Library Journal Review

Utter (political science, Lamar Univ.; Campaign and Election Reform) has written a comprehensive listing of the court cases, personalities, laws, and groups involved in the regulation of guns. The book begins with an essay on the issues in the gun-control battle and a short guide to the court cases and groups involved, placing them in the opposing camps. The entries, which are balanced and well written, include photographs and charts. Following each listing are titles or cases for further reading. Appendixes include state versions of the Second Amendment, a table of state gun-control rules, and a listing of organizations with interests in gun regulation or rights. Finally, there is a chronology of significant events in firearms history, such as major laws, court cases, and the Littleton, CO, shootings. For those seeking a reference work in the debate on firearms regulation, this book would be a good choice. It does not work as an introduction to the subject, however, because the introductory essay, while excellent, does not provide a historical overview or tie into the entries. For research libraries.--Harry Charles, Attorney-at-Law, St. Louis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Considering recent national crises caused by the ready availability of guns to a large population, the release of this book comes as no surprise. It is timely, accurate, and updates other recent publications, including Marjolijn Bijlefeld's People for and against Gun Control: A Biographical Reference (CH, Apr'00), Tom Diaz's Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America (1999), The Changing Politics of Gun Control, ed. by John M. Bruce and Clyde Wilcox (1998), and The Gun Control Debate: A Documentary History, ed. by Bijlefeld (1997). This encyclopedia treats gun control as a comprehensive set of issues that raise enormous controversy. It shows that in criminal justice, data show a significant incidence of firearms homicides; in legislative and legal arenas, evidence of increase in federal gun laws and growth in membership of gun rights groups; and in information and business, production and importation of firearms, strong interest in gun publications, and proliferation of Internet Web sites. Concise, informative entries, arranged alphabetically, include references to additional documentation covering US court cases, legislation, and constitutional amendments; firearms industry organizations; scholars who have studied and written on firearms; government agencies and policies; individuals, groups, and organizations that support gun control and those that support gun rights; issues related to gun control; and publications. The book also includes photos and illustrations, several useful appendixes, a historical chronology (1775-2000), an extensive bibliography, and an index. This book's fairness toward all shades of opinion recommend it for school, academic, and public libraries. J. Gelfand; University of California, Irvine

Table of Contents

Guide to Selected Topics
Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights
Appendix 1 State Constitutional Gun Rights Provisions
Appendix 2 Statutory and Constitutional Provisions Relating to the Purchase, Ownership, and Use of Firearms
Appendix 3 List of Organizations