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Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer, Political Science Department, is the author of a new book, just published by Oxford University Press, titled, Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights. The book argues that, contrary to the current national debate, gun laws and rights were perfectly compatible throughout most of American history, and that guns were actually regulated more strictly in the past than in the current era. In addition to gun law history, the book also examines the so-called right of rebellion, the Second Amendment and the assault weapons ban controversy, modern “stand-your-ground” laws, and New York state’s tough new gun laws and their impact on gun habits.