By R. Blake Brown

From the École Polytechnique shootings of 1989 to the political controversy surrounding the removal of the federal long-gun registry, the problem of gun regulate has been a topic of fierce debate in Canada. yet actually, firearm law has been a sharply contested factor within the state considering the fact that Confederation. Arming and Disarming deals the 1st complete heritage of gun regulate in Canada from the colonial interval to the present.

In this sweeping, immersive booklet, R. Blake Brown outlines efforts to manage using weapons via adolescents, punish the misuse of fingers, impose licensing regimes, and create firearm registries. Brown additionally demanding situations many renowned assumptions approximately Canadian historical past, suggesting that gun possession was once faraway from common in the course of a lot of the colonial interval, and that many 19th century attorneys – together with John A. Macdonald – believed in a constrained correct to undergo arms.

Arming and Disarming presents a cautious exploration of the way social, fiscal, cultural, criminal, and constitutional matters formed gun laws and its implementation, in addition to how those elements outlined Canada’s ancient and modern ‘gun culture.’

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