Gun control policy is complex, covering topics from the meaning of the Second Amendment, to criminology to public opinion. Below are some books that are informative. Most are required reading for anyone serious about the topic.

Criminology and Statistical Analysis of Gun Control Policy

Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control: This classic work by Gary Kleck is a studious tome by a revered criminologist. Targeting Guns is the original source of the “2,500,000 defensive uses” data as well as a wealth of other information.

Point Blank: The focus of this book agrees with the Gun Facts mission: “Written deliberately to counter an atmosphere of hysteria and extremism.” Kleck again provides perspective about what is happening and what has happened vis-a-vis guns and violence.

More Guns, Less Crime: Considered by many the best statistical analysis of the lack of effectiveness of gun control available. Prof. Lott analyzed multiple tiers of data for EVERY county in the U.S.

Second Amendment Studies

That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right is hailed by many as the best distillation of the twin rights of the individual and militia to keep and bear arms. Noted left-of-center law professor Sanford Levinson said of this book “provides indefatigable research into the second amendment, and all serious scholars will eternally be in its debt.”

For the Defense of Themselves and the State: This is the masterwork of Clayton Cramer, a man who earn some distinction by his deconstruction of Michael Bellesiles’ notion that guns were scarce in colonial America (which led to Bellesiles’ academic conviction). This book covers the European origins and legislative history of the Second Amendment, details some 200 state and US Supreme Court decisions concerning the amendment, and discusses issues such as the role of racism in the passage of gun control laws during Reconstruction.

The Origin of the Second Amendment: This is not an analysis book, but a complete compilation of 500+ documents that had a direct bearing on the creation of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For the scholarly minded or the 2nd Amendment warrior in need of reference materials (such as the Senate votes that eliminated the collective rights proposal).