Firearms Possession by 'Non-State Actors': The Question of Sovereignty
David B. Kopel
Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law
Joanne D. Eisen
Texas Review of Law & Politics, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 373-436, 2004
The international gun prohibition movement seeks to severely restrict of eliminate the possession of firearms by non-state actors. This article argues that the prohibition on arms possession by non-state actors is contrary to the fundamental principle that the people, not the government, possess the sovereignty. The article examines the relationship between arms possession and sovereignty in several contexts: ancient Greece, Cambodia, Japan, China, East Timor, Bougainville, Niger, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, the Warsaw Pact, and Bosnia.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 64
Keywords: Arms prohibition, sovereignty, small arms & light weapons, non-state actors
JEL Classification: K14, K33, K42
Date posted: June 15, 2005
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