Publication Date
June 15, 2005
David B. Kopel, Paul Gallant, Joanne D. Eisen
Arms prohibition, sovereignty, small arms & light weapons, non-state actors
The international gun prohibition movement seeks to severely restrict of eliminate the possession of firearms by non-state actors. This article argues that the prohibition on arms possession by non-state actors is contrary to the fundamental principle that the people, not the government, possess the sovereignty. The article examines the relationship between arms possession and sovereignty in several contexts: ancient Greece, Cambodia, Japan, China, East Timor, Bougainville, Niger, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, the Warsaw Pact, and Bosnia.
Recommended Citation
Kopel, David B. and Kopel, David B. and Gallant, Paul and Eisen, Joanne D., Firearms Possession by 'Non-State Actors': The Question of Sovereignty. Available at SSRN:

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