Magazine January 26, 2009, Issue

Going Great Guns

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Gun Control on Trial: Inside the Supreme Court Battle over the Second Amendment, by Brian Doherty (Cato, 126 pp., $16.95)

It’s been half a year since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, affirming that the Second Amendment gives individual citizens the right to keep and bear arms. But Reason senior editor Brian Doherty, author of Radicals for Capitalism, has already published a short book, Gun Control on Trial, documenting the history, context, and outcome of the case.

The book is a worthwhile endeavor. Covering lots of ground in fewer than 120 pages of text, it’s a great primer for the unfamiliar, and even those who have followed the gun debate will find plenty of

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