This special edition of “Policy Outsider” was recorded live at a forum hosted by the Rockefeller Institute of Government and features distinguished scholar Robert J. Spitzer’s presentation on gun policy. Spitzer notes that gun ownership continues to decline, and that the gun safety movement is newly invigorated, motivated, and financed. He also points out that there is substantial public support for most of the more common gun policy proposals, even among gun owners. At the same time, federal courts are proving more conservative in their rulings and agitating for broad interpretation of gun rights under the Second Amendment.
Robert J. Spitzer, distinguished service professor and chair of the Political Science Department at SUNY Cortland. Spitzer is also a member of the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, a multistate research coalition coordinated by the Rockefeller Institute. Spitzer is the author of fifteen books, including five on gun policy, most recently Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights (Oxford University Press 2015).
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