eResources Spotlight: Update on HeinOnline

About This Database

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America is a new HeinOnline collection that brings together more than 500 titles dealing with this difficult and important topic. Included are periodicals, key compiled federal legislative histories, relevant congressional hearings, CRS Reports, Supreme Court briefs, and more. Links to nearly 500 scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and a balanced selection of external resources to further research this subject are also provided. Research the National Firearms Act, the United States v. Miller and District of Columbia v. Heller decisions, and other key aspects of this subject.

Opponents of gun control believe that additional laws or regulations on firearm purchases would not stop criminals from acquiring weapons or deter crime, and that regulations would trespass only against law-abiding gun owners who are exerting their Second Amendment right. Further, many opponents of gun control believe that better enforcement of current laws and improved mental health services would be more effective in preventing mass shootings than passing additional laws.

Conversely, those who favor stricter firearm regulation argue that it’s possible to enact regulations without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens to possess firearms. Proponents of these regulations believe that lives could be saved by requiring universal background checks at the federal level, mandating longer waiting periods between firearm purchase and acquisition, and implementing restrictions on certain types of high-capacity guns as well as limiting the amount of ammunition legally allowed to be purchased.

In the wake of several of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history, HeinOnline is offering this new collection of materials to all academics, and other institutional libraries in order to provide a platform for research and promote civil discourse on the myriad issues related to gun regulation.

What’s Included:

  • 500 titles
  • 894 volumes
  • Nearly 323,000 pages
  • Nearly 500 scholarly articles
  • 145 CRS Reports
  • 157 hearings
  • 18 legislative histories
  • 165 bibliography titles

Important titles include:

  • The Omnibus Anti-Crime Act: A Legislative History of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322
  • Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act: A Legislative History of Public Law No. 103-159
  • Journal on Firearms and Public Policy
  • Gun Control Act of 1968
  • Briefs filed in Supreme Court Cases on gun control

Categorizations in the Database


Browse relevant journals such as:

  • FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
  • Fugitives Wanted by Police
  • Journal on Firearms and Public Policy

Legislative Histories

Research legislative intent behind major public laws and follow the progression of a bill from its introduction to its passage. Documents include bill versions, House and Senate reports, congressional hearings, the full text of the public law, and other related documents.

CRS Reports

Read quick summaries as well as the reports themselves, written by the Congressional Research Service, which define issues in a legislative context.


Sift through congressional hearings, which include opinions on proposed legislation and implementation of laws.

Supreme Court Briefs

View briefs filed in important Supreme Court cases regarding gun control such as United States v. Miller and District of Columbia v. Heller.

Other Related Works

Browse books and documents relevant to this timely topic. Users have the ability to browse by title, author, date, and subject.


Continue your research with these additional titles, which include OCLC numbers to locate material in other libraries.

Scholarly Articles

Explore leading articles on the topic of gun control which link to the Law Journal Library.

External Links

Find outside resources for additional information on gun control and the Second Amendment.

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