Gun Crime, Gun Laws and Citizen Defense in the United States
Social Sciences
Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2018, Pages: 81-87
Received: Oct. 28, 2017; Accepted: Nov. 14, 2017; Published: Apr. 13, 2018
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Robert Jay Meadows, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, USA
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In the United States firearms are used for recreation, self-defense, and unfortunately used in crime. Despite numerous gun laws and registration requirements, gun crimes continue to victimize many citizens. In response, the purchase and registration of guns are regulated by federal and state legislation. A comparison of federal and state gun laws is addressed, including a discussion and how guns are illegally obtained. Due to the fear of predatory crime, many citizens are arming themselves for protection. Armed citizen defensive is examined including laws on justifiable homicide, and the meaning of state castle doctrines or stand your ground laws. Evidence on citizen use of guns for personal protection is presented.
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Gun Laws, Gun Crime, Citizen Defense, Justifiable Homicide
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Robert Jay Meadows, Gun Crime, Gun Laws and Citizen Defense in the United States, Social Sciences. Vol. 7, No. 2, 2018, pp. 81-87. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20180702.15
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