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Guns in a Frontier Nation.
1: Controlling Slaves and Free Blacks in the Colonies: Acts from Virginia (1680) and South Carolina (1712).
2: Connecticut Firearm Impressment Law (1756).
3: George Washington's Early Revolutionary War Thoughts on the Value of the Militia (1776).
4: A Firearms Provision in Pennsylvania's State Constitution (1776).
5: Pennsylvania Establishes Loyalty Oath as a Prerequisite for Gun Ownership (1777).
6: James Madison Proposes to Fine Firearms Owners for Flouting Gun Regulations (1779).
7: The Militia Clauses in the U.S. Constitution (1787).
8: Divergent Views of the Citizen Militia: Webster (1787) and Madison (1788).
9: The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1791).
10: The Militia Acts Authorize the President to Set Militia Standards (1792).
11: Congress Addresses Control of Militias with the Calling Forth Act (1792).
12: Equality, Civilized Society, and the Right to Bear Arms: Joel Barlow (1792).
13: Louisiana's Black Code Bans Gun Ownership by Slaves (1806).
14: State Court Decisions Define the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (1822–1859).
15: Barron v. Baltimore Holds That the Bill of Rights Does Not Apply to the States (1833).
16: Technological Advances, Sporting Arms, and the Emerging Civilian Firearms Market: Colt Advertisement (1860).
Firearms Regulations in the Post–Civil War South and the Western Frontier.
18: Providing Aid to Former Slaves: Freedmen'S Bureau Act (1866).
19: Kansas Enacts a Ban on Carrying Deadly Weapons (1867).
20: The Fourteenth Amendment is Adopted (1868).
21: The National Rifle Association Finds a Shooting Home (1872).
22: The Post–Civil War South, Race, and the Fourteenth Amendment: U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876).
23: An Illinois Court Affirms the Militia Interpretation of the Second Amendment (1879).
24: Tombstone, Arizona, Prohibits Carrying a Firearm in Town (1881).
25: May Citizens Form Their Own Military Groups? Presser v. Illinois (1886).
26: Texas Governor Jim Hogg Lambasts Those Who Carry Concealed Firearms (1893).
Prohibition-Era Violence Brings Federal Gun Control.
28: The Origin of the Collective Right Theory: Salina v. Blaksley (1905).
29: Pennsylvania Prevents Noncitizens from Owning Long Guns: Commonwealth v. Patsone (1911).
30: The Birth of Modern Gun Control: The Sullivan Act (1911).
31: Police Commissioner of New York City Calls for Better Firearms Training for Officers (1919).
32: The American Bar Association Recommends Banning Handguns (1922).
33: NRA Shooting Clubs and Police Training (1923).
34: National Standards Developed for Machine Guns and Other Firearms: The Uniform Machine Gun Act (1932).
35: Gangster Violence Gains National Attention: The Kansas City Massacre (1933).
36: Women's Group Takes on the NRA over Handgun Regulation (1934).
37: National Firearms Act of 1934.
38: The NRA President Testifies in Favor of State Gun Regulations (1934).
39: Franklin Roosevelt Discusses the National Firearms Act (1934).
40: Federal Firearms Act (1938).
41: The Department of Justice Argues for Collective Right Interpretation of the Second Amendment (1939).
42: The Supreme Court Upholds Gun Control: United States v. Miller (1939).
43: A Federal Court Responds to the Supreme Court Ruling in U.S. v. Miller (1942).
The Tumult of the 1960s Brings a New Politics of Confrontation.
45: Two Prominent Democrats Describe Gun Ownership as a Safeguard against Tyranny (1960).
46: President Lyndon Johnson Addresses the Crime Problem (1965).
47: Senator Thomas Dodd Introduces New Gun Control Legislation (1965).
48: President Johnson Pushes Again for Gun Control (1968).
49: President Johnson Signs the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act (1968).
50: President Johnson Urges Passage of the Gun Control Act (1968).
51: A Study Commissioned by Gun Manufacturers Calls for New Firearms Regulation (1968).
52: The Gun Control Act of 1968.
53: The Kerner Commission Recommends New Gun Control Measures (1968).
54: A Scathing Dissent on Gun Control from a Liberal Justice (1972).
55: President Richard Nixon Discusses Gun Control (1973).
56: Senator Ted Kennedy Introduces a Bill Calling for Major New Handgun Regulations (1975).
57: Senator Roman Hruska Offers an Alternative Handgun Policy (1975).
58: Ford Administration Officials Discuss Handguns and Gun Control (1975).
59: A Pollster Decries the Lack of Political Leadership on Gun Control (1975).
60: Washington, D.C., Enacts a Strict Gun Law (1976).
61: President Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter Debate Gun Control (1976).
62: The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Gun Regulations as a Reasonable Exercise of Police Power (1980).
Intensifying Divisions over Gun Control during the Reagan Years.
64: The Town of Morton Grove, Illinois, Bans Handguns (1981).
65: The Town of Kennesaw, Georgia, Mandates Firearms Ownership (1982).
66: Ronald Reagan Addresses the NRA Annual Meeting (1983).
67: Reagan Signs the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act (1985).
68: A Survey of Criminals Sheds Some Light on Gun Procurement and Use (1986).
69: Congress Debates the Firearms Owners Protection Act (1986).
70: Sarah Brady and the American Medical Association Speak Out in Favor of Waiting Periods and Background Checks (1988).
71: Gun Rights Advocates Argue Against a Waiting Period for Handgun Purchases (1988).
72: Democratic Lawmakers Exchange Words with Gun Rights Leaders over Background Checks and Waiting Periods (1988).
73: The Standard Model and Interpreting the Second Amendment (1989).
74: President George H. W. Bush Comments on Gun Control Early in His Term (1989).
75: Differing Perspectives on Gun Violence Prevention and Handguns for Self-Defense (1989).
76: A School Official Extols the Social Value of Shooting Sports (1989).
77: A Police Officer Discusses Irresponsible Gun Ownership and the Toll of Guns in Schools (1989).
78: Debating Firearms Education, Licensing, and NRA Methods on Capitol Hill (1989).