Firearms Possession by 'Non-State Actors': The Question of Sovereignty

64 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2005

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David B. Kopel

University of Wyoming College of Law - Firearms Research Center; Independence Institute; Cato Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law

Paul Gallant

Independence Institute

Joanne D. Eisen

Independence Institute

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Arms prohibition, sovereignty, small arms & light weapons, non-state actors

JEL Classification: K14, K33, K42

Suggested Citation

Kopel, David B. and Gallant, Paul and Eisen, Joanne D., Firearms Possession by 'Non-State Actors': The Question of Sovereignty. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=742647

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Joanne D. Eisen

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