Database Spotlight: Hein Online, Gun Regulation & Legislation

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We’d love to share with you an important Hein Online database. Hein Online is a legal publisher, periodical subscription agent, and the world’s largest distributor of legal periodicals.  The database we are highlighting is entitled “Gun Regulation and Legislation in America“.

What is in this database?

This new HeinOnline collection 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 Miller and Heller decisions, and other key aspects of this subject. (From Hein Online’s description of the database)

Who might benefit from using this database?

We can see a myriad of applications, and the audience for this database is broad:  for example, legal scholars working on gun rights and/or gun control; students of history interested in the documents about the history of the National Firearms Act; sociologists working on responses to mass shootings in the United States, to name a few.

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


Browse relevant journals such as:

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

For Access:

Part of Hein Online’s core values is Corporate Citizenship.  In wake of several mass shootings, Hein Online created this database and is providing it free-of-charge to libraries “in order to provide a platform for research and promote civil discourse on the myriad issues related to gun regulation” (See: Hein Online’s description of the database.  See also article from Business Insider).

To access this database, click HERE.

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