Firearms and Weapons Legislation up to the Early 20th Century
Mark Anthony Frassetto
Georgetown University Law Center
January 15, 2013
This document is a compilation of state firearms and weapons legislation from the colonial era until the start of the twentieth century. This research provides a comprehensive view of firearm and weapons regulations during this era. This document was created in an attempt to understand the historic scope of the Second Amendment in the wake of the Supreme Court's Heller and McDonald decisions. Relevant legislation is categorized by type as well as historical era. Sources are divided into four historical periods: (1) English, which includes English statutes up to the split with the American colonies in 1776; (2) Colonial, which includes statutes passed within the American colonies beginning in 1607 and continuing to the ratification of the Constitution in 1791; (3) Pre-14th Amendment; and (4) Post-14th Amendment.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 113
Keywords: 2nd Amendment, Second Amendment, Heller, McDonald, Firearms, gun, guns, Constitutional law, originalism, original meaning, constitutional history, state constitutions, Statute of Northampton, civil rights, weapons, 14th Amendment
JEL Classification: K14, K1, K2working papers series
Date posted: January 15, 2013
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