Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada by R. Blake Brown

By R. Blake Brown

From the École Polytechnique shootings of 1989 to the political controversy surrounding the removal of the federal long-gun registry, the problem of gun keep watch over has been an issue of fierce debate in Canada. yet actually, firearm legislation has been a sharply contested factor within the kingdom on the grounds that Confederation. Arming and Disarming deals the 1st entire background of gun regulate in Canada from the colonial interval to the present.

In this sweeping, immersive booklet, R. Blake Brown outlines efforts to manage using weapons by way of youngsters, punish the misuse of palms, impose licensing regimes, and create firearm registries. Brown additionally demanding situations many renowned assumptions approximately Canadian historical past, suggesting that gun possession was once faraway from common in the course of a lot of the colonial interval, and that many 19th century attorneys – together with John A. Macdonald – believed in a restricted correct to endure arms.

Arming and Disarming presents a cautious exploration of the way social, monetary, cultural, criminal, and constitutional matters formed gun laws and its implementation, in addition to how those components outlined Canada’s ancient and modern ‘gun culture.’

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