38 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2008 Last revised: 27 Jan 2013
Date Written: February 20, 2008
As the debate over the 1976 District of Columbia gun ban demonstrates, "gun control" often covers for a hidden agenda. British Cabinet papers declassified in 1969-70 demonstrate that contrary to claims made in Parliamentary debates, the intent of the Firearms Act 1920 was not to reduce or prevent crime, but to prevent a feared Bolshevik revolution in Britain. Direct statements by members of the Cabinet demonstrate an intent to mislead the public about their objectives.
Keywords: firearms regulation, Britain
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Cramer, Clayton E. and Olson, Joseph Edward, Gun Control: Political Fears Trump Crime Control (February 20, 2008). Maine Law Review, Vol. 61, p. 58, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1083528 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1083528