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About Kevin Sweeney

Professor of American Studies and History, Emeritus, Amherst College.  See profile: https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/kmsweeney 

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An Eighteenth-Century Gun Culture Shaped by Constraints

Posted by on September 6, 2023

This guest post does not necessarily represent the views of the Duke Center for Firearms Law. Compared to England, Britain’s thirteen American colonies imposed relatively few legal restrictions on the possession and use of firearms.  However, technological limitations and production methods still placed serious constraints on the use and availability of firearms and created conditions […]

In Search of Repeating Firearms in Eighteenth-Century America

Posted by on July 26, 2023

[This is a guest post that is part of a mini-series on the history of firearms and gun regulation in early America.] Over the past ten years, opponents of regulating assault rifles have argued that repeating firearms — some capable of firing 10 shots or more — were well-known and possibly common in eighteenth-century America. Using […]