Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada

By R. Blake Brown

© 2012

From the École Polytechnique shootings of 1989 to the political controversy surrounding the elimination of the federal long-gun registry, the issue of gun control has been a subject of fierce debate in Canada. But in fact, firearm regulation has been a sharply contested issue in the country since Confederation. Arming and Disarming offers the first comprehensive history of gun control in Canada from the colonial period to the present.

In this sweeping, immersive book, R. Blake Brown outlines efforts to regulate the use of guns by young people, punish the misuse of arms, impose licensing regimes, and create firearm registries. Brown also challenges many popular assumptions about Canadian history, suggesting that gun ownership was far from universal during much of the colonial period, and that many nineteenth century lawyers – including John A. Macdonald – believed in a limited right to bear arms.

Arming and Disarming provides a careful exploration of how social, economic, cultural, legal, and constitutional concerns shaped gun legislation and its implementation, as well as how these factors defined Canada’s historical and contemporary ‘gun culture.’

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  • Page Count: 376 pages
  • Illustrations: 57
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Arming and Disarming provides a careful exploration of how social, economic, cultural, legal, and constitutional concerns shaped gun legislation and its implementation, as well as how these factors defined Canada’s historical and contemporary ‘gun culture.’

Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada

By R. Blake Brown

© 2012

From the École Polytechnique shootings of 1989 to the political controversy surrounding the elimination of the federal long-gun registry, the issue of gun control has been a subject of fierce debate in Canada. But in fact, firearm regulation has been a sharply contested issue in the country since Confederation. Arming and Disarming offers the first comprehensive history of gun control in Canada from the colonial period to the present.

In this sweeping, immersive book, R. Blake Brown outlines efforts to regulate the use of guns by young people, punish the misuse of arms, impose licensing regimes, and create firearm registries. Brown also challenges many popular assumptions about Canadian history, suggesting that gun ownership was far from universal during much of the colonial period, and that many nineteenth century lawyers – including John A. Macdonald – believed in a limited right to bear arms.

Arming and Disarming provides a careful exploration of how social, economic, cultural, legal, and constitutional concerns shaped gun legislation and its implementation, as well as how these factors defined Canada’s historical and contemporary ‘gun culture.’

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 376 pages
  • Illustrations: 57
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Brown’s admirable book is an exceptionally vast, sweeping, detailed, and authoritative account of Canada’s gun experience.’
    Robert J. Spitzer
    Law and History Review, November 2013

    ‘Blake Brown's Arming and Disarming is a truly fine piece of scholarship, six full years in the making.’


    Paull W. Bennett
    Chronicle Herald, January16, 2013

    Arming and Disarming is full of fascinating and well-placed quotations from key historical figures concerning their views on gun issues… This book stands out as an important and pioneering work in the history of gun control on Canada.’


    James Floros
    Canadian Historical Review vol 94: 03:0213

    ‘R. Blake Brown has produced a sweeping, thorough, insightful, and well-researched account of gun control in Canada… This book should prove useful and provocative for students and scholars of Canadian and comparative law, society, and politics.’
    William G. Merkel
    American Historical Review June 2014

    ‘I hugely enjoyed reading Arming and Disarming, a terrific book on a fascinating topic. R. Blake Brown imparts many fresh insights and provides important new evidence for big disputes about the rise of the regulatory state, the rights of the citizen, modern masculinity, and much else.’
    Elsbeth Heaman, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University
  • Author Information

    R. Blake Brown is a professor in the Department of History and Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary’s University.
  • Table of contents

    Abbreviations  

    Figures

    Introduction

    Chapter 1: “Every man has a right to the possession of his musket”: Regulating Firearms before Confederation

    Chapter 2: “The government must disarm all the Indians”: Controlling Firearms from Confederation to the Late Nineteenth Century

    Chapter 3: “A rifle in the hands of every able-bodied man in the Dominion of Canada under proper auspices”: Arming Britons and Disarming Immigrants from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Great War

    Chapter 4: “Hysterical legislation”: Suppressing Gun Ownership from the First to the Second World Wars

    Chapter 5: Angry White Men: Resistance to Gun Control in Canada, 1946-1980

    Chapter 6: Flexing the Liberal State’s Muscles: The Montreal Massacre and the 1995 Firearms Act, 1980-2006

    Conclusion

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