For the Defense of Themselves and the State: The Original Intent and Judicial Interpretation of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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Praeger, Jan 1, 1994 - Law - 286 pages

This book] provides the kind of scholarly resource that educated citizens need to think for themselves, a rich digest of primary sources documenting--in their own words--the views, motives, and intentions of the Framers, historic commentators, legislators, and judiciary who have debated the right to keep and bear arms from the origins of our republic. "Preston K. Covey, Carnegie Mellon University "

Beginning with its origins in the English Civil War, Clayton Cramer traces the development in the United States of the right to keep and bear arms--through the Constitutional Convention, the ratification debates that followed, its inclusion by Congress in the Bill of Rights, to the present controversy over gun control. This book provides important background, analysis, documentation, and perspective for the ongoing national debate over arms.

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The author has analyzed more than 200 decisions of the federal and state courts -- all of them, to avoid the appearance of a bias. He also studied the social and legislative history of gun control ... Read full review


European Origins
The Legislative History of the Second Amendment

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CLAYTON E. CRAMER is author of By the Dim and Flaring Lamps: The Civil War Diary of Samuel McIlvaine, he has had numerous articles published concerning constitutional history, gun control, civil defense, and problems of media ethics.

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