My latest law review article, co-authored with Paul Gallant and Joanne D. Eisen, ignores the question of whether there is a human right of self-defense, or a related right to defensive arms. Rather, we examine how gun confiscation, or quasi-confiscatory gun licensing laws, are sometimes enforced in ways that violate other human rights. Our article provides case studies of Kenya and Uganda (gun prohibition enforced by cordon-and-search military attacks on villages) and South Africa (an abusively-enforced licensing system). The articles also provide the most comprehensive published collection of survey data about why people in various countries choose to own firearms. The article will be published in the Quinnipiac Law Review in early 2008.
Human Rights and Gun Confiscation