Some Remarks on the Prohibition of Handguns

25 Pages Posted: 9 May 2017

Date Written: 1978


This article, taken from a speech given in a symposium on American violence sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, considers the cost-effectiveness of federal legislation that would impose the New York System, or any other system, of banning handguns, nationwide. Proponents of such a ban too optimistically assume that murderers would not simply find another instrument to commit the crime. Among other things, one must consider costs associated with jailing thousands of otherwise law-abiding people who choose to continue to possess handguns and enforcing a restrictive national permit requirement with what would require massive police power.

Keywords: handguns, violence, crime, Second Amendment, rights, death

JEL Classification: k14

Suggested Citation

Kates, Don B., Some Remarks on the Prohibition of Handguns (1978). St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 23, No. 11, 1979, Available at SSRN: or

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