30 Issues | A History of Gun Control in the United States

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Gun rights supporters hold signs and listen to former Republican congressional candidate from Utah, Mia Love, speak at a gun rights rally and march at the Utah State Capitol in 3/13 in Salt Lake City.

"History says you can regulate guns in any manner that you think is sane and sensible," says Robert Spitzer, political science professor at SUNY Cortland and the author of Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015). discusses the history of gun control legislation in the United States, from the early blanket laws that barred concealed carry, to law that aimed to curb Prohibition-era gun violence and up to today's Congressional stalemate over new gun control laws.