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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cato Institute (January 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933995254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933995250
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As Brian Doherty so clearly demonstrates in Gun Control on Trial, were it not for the rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment--and reaffirmed, in this inside account, by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller--we would forfeit our individual right to survive."
--NAT HENTOFF
Columnist, Village Voice
Author, Living the Bill of Rights: How to Be an Authentic American

"Brian Doherty's Gun Control on Trial is to the Heller case what Richard Kluger's Simple Justice is to the Brown decision--an essential history made up of equal parts legal theory and personal struggle, presented in page-turning fashion."
--GLENN REYNOLDS
Professor of Law, University of Tennessee
Founder, Instapundit.com

"The Supreme Court's Heller decision wasn't merely a political bombshell, it was an historic advance in the ongoing struggle to restore the first human right: the right to self-defense. Brian Doherty, a tireless intellectual sleuth, not only sheds light on the political and legal questions surrounding gun rights today, he lucidly puts them in their proper historical and philosophical context. This is required reading for those interested in, never mind committed to, the right to self-defense."
--JONAH GOLDBERG
Contributing Editor, National Review
Author, Liberal Fascism

About the Author

Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com. He is the author of the books Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement and This is Burning Man. His articles have appeared in dozens of national publications, and he has appeared as a commentator and analyst on hundreds of TV and radio programs.

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Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com. He is the author of three previous books, including Radicals for Capitalism: A History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement and Gun Control on Trial. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and The Weekly Standard, among other publications. He has been a commentator on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including The O'Reilly Factor and Glenn Beck Show. He lives in Los Angeles.

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
On June 26, 2008 the Supreme Court addressed the country's debate on the right to bear arms, deciding that the right still applied to individuals - and ending the District's handgun ban. GUN CONTROL ON TRIAL comes from a journalist who probes the case and its results, offering behind-the-scenes insight on the legal, scientific and historical debates and the myths about gun control that have permeated the case. Any high school to college-level collection strong in social issues will find here perfect material for classroom debate.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric Davis on August 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a NRA member, I was shocked to read about how little the NRA had to do with the Heller case!
Although I don't totally agree with the CATO Institute all the time (Libertarian Ideologues), they really came through for us law abiding gun owners.
Now, unfortunately, the NRA is running with the Heller case results as if they had something to do with it.
This is a good book to learn what really happened and why.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Dillon on February 24, 2009
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This book is short but packed with the important details of the issues, the people, and the trial itself. It is accessible for the layman but not lightweight: a quick, fun read on what was arguably the most important Supreme Court decision of this century. While the author is not shy with his own opinion he is not overbearing or overheated as too much of Second Amendment discourse has been.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ed Galvin on February 11, 2010
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Interesting reading that gives the facts on attempts to control people outside the scope of the Bill of Rights.
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By Gary M. Fellner on February 18, 2013
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The book has some interesting bits of information but it is on the wordy side. Most of the points made could likely have been stated more succinctly.
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