Law and disorder: Morton Grove and the community control of handguns

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The paper operates on two different but related levels. As its empirical focus it takes the recent shift in the terrain of conflict over handgun control. Following the lead of Morton Grove, Illinois, a number of communities have taken the initiative in banning handguns within their jurisdiction. This has prompted a response at the State level to standardize controls and limit local communities' abilities to regulate the quality of life. The role of the National Rifle Association, which has funded various legislative efforts, is explored. At a more general level, these contests are interpreted via state theory; local ordinances may constitute a tension within the state apparatus, and they make the locality consequently vulnerable to attempts by the state to impose uniformity upon the juridical system. The paper concludes by uniting the empirical and discursive themes, and provides an assessment of the implications of these cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-487
Number of pages14
JournalUrban Geography
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

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Law and disorder : Morton Grove and the community control of handguns. / Kirby, Andrew.

In: Urban Geography, Vol. 11, No. 5, 1990, p. 474-487.

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