Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952415 | Print ISBN: 9780761926498 | Online ISBN: 9781412952415| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
William M. Wells
Gun control represents legislative, administrative, and enforcement attempts to regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, and use of firearms. Gun control exists at local levels of government, affecting only individuals within those jurisdictions, and at the national level, affecting individuals across the nation. It is difficult to accurately summarize controls at state and local levels because of their tremendous variation. Gun control policies and proposals also exist on a continuum of very loose regulations to outright prohibitions. The primary gun control approach is to prevent and deter classes of people from possessing and using firearms. Concerns about gun violence, even during periods of decline, focus attention on gun control strategies. Policies that regulate guns are assumed to increase the safety and well-being of people in the United States. At the same time, gun control imposes costs by restricting firearm possession and use among segments of the population. An understanding Momentum ...