Caught in a Crossfire: Legal and Illegal Gun Ownership in America

  • Richard L. Legault
  • Alan J. Lizotte
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Just beneath the surface of much of the popular, political, and scholarly debate on gun control is a set of assumptions about the propinquity of the legal and illegal gun worlds. Few people know about, or carefully consider, exactly what these two worlds look like. As a result, much of the debate is ill informed and results in silly, if well intended, policy suggestions or actions, or the lack thereof. It is important to understand the simple facts of legal and illegal gun ownership and use because they are really at the foundation of the entire debate on myriad gun control issues.


Homicide Rate Gang Member Gang Membership Firearm Ownership Illegal Firearm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Legault
    • 1
  • Alan J. Lizotte
    • 2
  1. 1.National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.The University at Albany, SUNYAlbanyUSA

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