Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. records
MSCFHC79

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Committee for Handgun Control, Inc.
Title
Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. records
ID
MSCFHC79
Date [inclusive]
1969-1978
Extent
13.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
This collection reflects the activities of the Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, brochures, pamphlets, proposed legislation, slides, films, ordinances, advertisements, buttons, bumper stickers and booklets that the committee collected during its six-year existence. Though a few documents trace to 1969, almost all of the collection contains materials from 1973 to 1978.

Preferred Citation

Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. records, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History of the CFHC

Formed in October 1973, the Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. sought to "bring to the attention of the public the information and statistics which prove that the villain in the pageant of crime and death in America is the hand gun - too easily obtained, too easily concealed, too easily used to coerce, maim, and kill." Led by Susan Sullivan and Estelle Jacobson, the CFHC wanted to license handgun owners, place restrictions on certain handgun types, and create a national registry of handgun owners and their guns. Due to perceived danger, the group of mainly suburban white women did not maintain a formal office in Chicago. Within a year, they had successfully engaged the National Rifle Association on several fronts, one of which brought Sullivan face-to-face with an NRA spokesperson on the NBC Today Show in 1975. This national event, in particular, brought letters of support and opposition. Though the Committee for Handgun Control retained a modest number of members and volunteers, the committee aggressively lobbied mayors, governors and congressional leaders throughout the country.

The Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. belonged to several national gun control organizations. The lobby group became active members within the National Council to Control Handguns and Handgun Control, Inc. Additionally, the CFHC found numerous allies in liberal think tanks in Chicago and Washington including Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and several national law enforcement groups. In 1974, the Committee for Handgun Control compelled the United States Consumer Products Safety Division to define handgun ammunition as a hazardous substance and to ban its sale (Congress passed subsequent legislation to nullify this decision). In 1975, these groups along with the Committee for Handgun Control collected thousands of signatures calling for stricter gun control laws at all levels of government. That same year, several congressional committees in both the United States' Senate and House of Representatives began to investigate the increase in handgun violence. Michigan Representative John Conyers led the most publicized committee hearing, which was held by the House Judiciary Committee.

Though Congress passed several laws banning Saturday Night Specials, the legislative body stalled on other handgun control measures such as mandatory registration and tougher criminal penalties for handgun law violators. When this occurred, the CFHC lobbied unsuccessfully for tighter restrictions on ammunition. The CFHC ceased as a certified non-profit organization in 1978.

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Scope and Contents

This collection reflects the activities of the Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, brochures, pamphlets, proposed legislation, slides, films, ordinances, advertisements, buttons, bumper stickers and booklets that the committee collected during its six-year existence. Though a few documents trace to 1969, almost all of the collection contains materials from 1973 to 1978.

The Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. records is divided into two series: 1.) Administrative Records, Correspondence, and Media Attention and 2.) Lobbying Activity and Legislative Action. The first series consists of a few legal documents that granted the CFHC non-profit status as well as several linear feet of correspondence between their allies and individual adversaries. Several boxes of newspaper clippings relating to handgun violence and the CFHC's campaigns can also be found in the first series. The second series illustrates how the CFHC conducted its lobbying campaigns and the legislation later enacted as a result of their efforts. This series documents the influence that the committee held on local and national political fronts.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2004-09-02

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated on February 26, 1979 to the University of Chicago Circle Campus Library, Special Collections.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

The following books and government documents have been removed from the collection.

Books

Courtney, Phoebe. Gun Control Means People Control. Littleton, Colorado: The Independent American Newspaper, 1974.

Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur. Violence: America in the Sixties. New York: Signet Books, 1968.

Government Documents

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Concentrated Urban Enforcement: An Analysis of the Initial Year of Operation CUE in the Cities of Washington D.C., Boston, Mass., Chicago, Ill. 1977.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Published Ordinances: Firearms Important Information to Gun Dealers. Publication #603 (Rev. 6-74), 1974.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Your 1976 Guide to - - Firearms Regulation. Publication #ATF P 5300.5 (6-76), 1976.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Your 1977 Guide to - - Firearms Regulation. Publication #ATF P 5300.5 (6-77), 1977.

Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Improving the Criminal Justice System in the United States: Selected Excerpts and References Relating to the National Debate Topics for High Schools, 1976-1977. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1976.

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime (Serial No. 11, Part 1). Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime (Serial No. 11, Part 2 - Chicago). Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime (Serial No. 11, Part 3 - Detroit). Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime (Serial No. 11, Part 4 - Cleveland). Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime (Serial No. 11, Part 5 - Denver). Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime (Serial No. 11, Part 8). Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.

Law Library of Congress. Gun Control Laws in Foreign Countries. Publication #74-50 LL, 1976.

Senate Judiciary Committee. Handgun Crime Control - - 1975 - 1976: Hearings Before the Subcommittee to investigate Juvenile Delinquency, Volume 1. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Offices, 1976.

Senate Judiciary Committee. Handgun Crime Control - - 1975 - 1976: Hearings Before the Subcommittee to investigate Juvenile Delinquency, Volume 1I. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Offices, 1976.

Senate Judiciary Committee. Handgun Crime Control - - 1975 - 1976: Hearings Before the Subcommittee to investigate Juvenile Delinquency, Volume 1I. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Offices, 1976.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Community Organizations.
  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Gun control -- Illinois.

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Bibliography

"Goals of the Committee for Hand Gun Control." Pamphlet. Box 1, Folder 6."The Committee For Handgun Control, Inc. "Outline for Handgun Control." Pamphlet. Box 1, Folder 8.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Administrative Records, Correspondence, and Media Attention 

Scope and Content:

Series contains some administrative records, correspondence, and media attention relating to the structure and focus of the Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. This series includes legal documents, budgets, by-laws, correspondence, brochures, pamphlets and newspaper clippings from 1969 to 1979. Series comprises 5.25 linear feet of textual materials (10.5 boxes).

Sub-series I: Administrative Records and Correspondence 

Scope and Content:

Perhaps because the Committee for Handgun Control had a limited number of members, few administrative records are present within this collection. What little resources pertaining to the administrative and bureaucratic side of the organization have been combined with hundreds of letters and other correspondence materials. Legal and tax documents, treasury reports, rosters, correspondence with political allies and foes can be found within this sub-series that covers the years 1973 to 1978. This sub-series comprises 2.25 linear feet of textual materials (4.5 boxes).

Box Folder

Articles of Incorporation, Legal and Tax Documents, 1973-1974 

1 1

Legal Documents and By-Laws, 1973-1976 

1 2

Legal and Tax Documents, 1973-1977 

1 3

Treasurer's Reports, 1974-1976 

1 4

Annual Budget Documents, 1974-1977 

1 5

Mission Statements and Fact Sheets, 1973-1975 

1 6

Mission Statement, n.d. 

1 7

Committee Goals and Bureaucratic Structure, 1975-1977 

1 8

Membership Rosters, 1974-1975 

1 9

Fundraising Solicitations, 1974-1975 

1 10

Fundraising Solicitations, 1975 

1 11

Roster of Sponsors for Handgun Control, Inc., 1976 

1 12

National Coalition to Ban Handguns By-Laws and Rosters, n.d. 

1 13

Correspondence and Information Requests, 1977 

1 14

Correspondence and Donations, 1977-1978 

1 15

Correspondence and Reports, 1975-1978 

1 16

Correspondence and Rosters, 1974-1976 

1 17

Correspondence and Rosters, 1976-1978 

1 18

Pro-Gun Control Correspondence, 1975 

2 19

Pro-Gun Control Correspondence, 1975 

2 20

Pro-Gun Control Correspondence, 1974-1976 

2 21

Pro-Gun Control Correspondence, 1977-1978 

2 22

Chicago Crime Commission Correspondence and Pamphlets, 1976-1977 

2 23

Correspondence, Brochures, and Pamphlets, 1976-1977 

2 24

James Sullivan Correspondence, 1976 

2 25

National Handgun Control Organizations Correspondence, 1973-1976 

2 26

National Handgun Control Organizations Correspondence, 1974-1976 

2 27

National Handgun Control Organizations Correspondence, 1975 

2 28

National Handgun Control Organizations Correspondence and Reports, 1976-1977 

3 29

National Handgun Control Organizations Correspondence and Reports, 1978 

3 30

National Handgun Control Organizations Correspondence, 1978 

3 31

Civil Disarmament Committee Correspondence and Newsletters, 1973-1975 

3 32

Civil Disarmament Committee Correspondence and Newsletters, 1976-1977 

3 33

Correspondence with Religious Leaders, 1975 

3 34

Correspondence with Common Cause, 1975 

3 35

Correspondence with Handgun Alert, Inc., 1974 

3 36

Correspondence with Handgun Control, Inc., 1974 

3 37

Correspondence with Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, 1975 

3 38

Correspondence with League of Women Voters, 1973-1976 

3 39

Correspondence with League of Women Voters, 1975 

3 40

Correspondence with Massachusetts Council on Crime and Correction, Inc., 1975-1976 

3 41

Correspondence with the Missouri Committee for Firearm Safety, 1977 

3 42

Correspondence with National Council to Control Handguns, 1975 

3 43

Correspondence with National Council to Control Handguns, 1976-1978 

3 44

Outreach Brochures, Local Laws, and Correspondence to Members, 1974-1977 

3 45

Outreach Correspondence and Press Releases 

4 46

Academic Articles, Reports, and Correspondence, 1976-1977 

4 47

Committee for Handgun Control Newsletters, 1975-1978 

4 48

Committee for Handgun Control Newsletters, 1975 

4 49

Correspondence with Congresspersons and Mass Media, 1975 

4 50

Correspondence with the United States' Conference of Mayors and Mass Media, 1977 

4 51

United States Postal Service Guidelines for Bulk Mail, 1974 

4 52

Congratulatory Letters on Susan Sullivan's Today Show Appearance, 1974 

4 53

Response Letters from McCall's Magazine Article, 1975 

4 54

Hate Mail, 1974-1975 

4 55

Hate Mail, 1975 

4 56

Hate Mail, 1975 

4 57

Hate Mail, 1975 

4 58

Hate Mail, 1975 

4 59

Hate Mail, 1975 

4 60

Hate Mail, 1975 

5 61

Hate Mail, 1975 

5 62

Unsolicited Personal Correspondence to Anne McGarry [RESTRICTED], 1976 

5 63

Sub-series II: Media Attention 

Scope and Content:

The Committee for Handgun Control gathered hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles from the Chicago press and throughout the country. Though some of the stories contain references to the CFHC, many of these articles reflect the national fight over handgun control. This sub-series covers the years 1969 to 1979 and contains newspaper clippings, television editorials, magazines, press releases, and journal articles. Sub-series comprises 3 linear feet of textual materials (6 boxes).

Box Folder

Newspaper Clippings, 1973-1976 

5 64

Newspaper Clippings, 1973-1974 

5 65

Newspaper Clippings, Legislation, and Correspondence, 1973-1976 

5 66

Newspaper Clippings, 1973-1974 

5 67

Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1977 

5 68

Newspaper Clippings and Journal Articles, 1974-1977 

6 69

Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1975 

6 70

Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1975 

6 71

Newspaper Clippings and a Children's Book, 1974 

6 72

Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1975 

6 73

Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1975 

6 74

Newspaper and Television Editorials, 1974-1975 

6 75

Newspaper Clippings and Print-Ad Samples, 1975 

6 76

Newspaper Clippings and Fact Sheets, 1975-1977 

6 77

Newspaper Clippings, Press Releases, and Legislative Testimony, 1975 

7 78

Newspaper Clippings, 1975-1977 

7 79

Newspaper Clippings and Press Releases, 1975-1976 

7 80

Newspaper Clippings, 1975 

7 81

Newspaper Clippings, 1975 

7 82

Newspaper Clippings, 1975 

7 83

Newspaper Clippings, 1975 

8 84

Newspaper Clippings, 1975 

8 85

Newspaper Clippings, 1975 

8 86

Newspaper Clippings, 1975 

8 87

Newspaper Clippings, 1975 

8 88

Newspaper Clippings, 1975-1976 

8 89

Newspaper Clippings, Police Reports, and Advertisements, 1969-1976 

8 90

Newspaper Clippings and Study of Media Attention on Handguns, 1976-1979 

9 91

Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence and Reports, 1976-1977 

9 92

Newspaper Clippings, 1976-1977 

9 93

Newspaper Clippings, 1976-1978 

9 94

Newspaper Clippings, 1976-1978 

9 95

Newspaper Clippings about Handguns in Boston, 1976 

9 96

Newspaper Clippings, 1976 

9 97

Newspaper Clippings and a Photograph, 1977 

9 98

Newspaper Clippings, 1977 

10 99

Letters to the Editor and Press Releases, 1977-1978 

10 100

Newspaper Clippings, 1977 

10 101

Newspaper Clippings and Reports, 1977-1978 

10 102

Newspaper Clippings, 1977 

10 103

National Rifle Association Articles and Brochures, 1974-1975 

10 104

American Rifleman Magazines, 1973-1975 

10 105

American Rifleman Magazines, 1975-1977 

10 106

Guns and Ammo Magazines, 1974-1975 

10 107

Guns and Ammo Magazines, 1975-1976 

10 108

Guns and Gun World Magazines, 1974-1976 

11 109

Guns Annual Book of Handguns and Popular Guns Magazines, 1976 

11 110

Hunting Annual and Field and Stream Magazines, 1974-1975 

11 111

Shooting Times and True Magazines, 1974-1976 

11 112

Skeptic Journal and U.S. News and World Report Magazines, 1974-1975 

11 113

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Series II: Political Action 

Scope and Content:

Intent upon curbing handgun violence, the Committee for Handgun Control petitioned city, state, and national governments for handgun registration, ammunition limitation, and better handgun enforcement techniques. Consisting of materials from 1972 to 1978, this series illustrates the lobbying efforts of CFHC, its cooperation with national handgun control advocates, and the legislative results from their campaigns. Correspondence, petitions, legislation, congressional hearings documents, slides, bumper stickers, and buttons can be found in this series. Series comprises 5.25 linear feet of textual and photographic material (10.5 boxes)

Sub-series I: Lobbying Efforts 

Scope and Content:

The Committee for Handgun Control, Inc. collected hundreds of signatures from throughout the Chicagoland area and also from sympathizers around the country. The group met with and sent dozens of letters, pamphlets, brochures, and academic articles to representatives at all levels of government. This sub-series covers the years 1973 to 1978 and contains police reports, correspondence, petitions, audiotapes, slides, films, brochures, pamphlets, and booklets. Sub-series comprises 3 linear feet of textual and photographic material (6 boxes).

Box Folder

Petitions and Correspondence, 1974 

11 114

Petitions and Correspondence, 1974 

11 115

Petitions for Handgun Control, 1975 

11 116

Local Handgun Control Petitions, 1975 

12 117

Local Handgun Control Petitions, 1975 

12 118

National Handgun Control Petitions, 1975 

12 119

Handgun Control Testimonies to State and Federal Commissions, 1973-1977 

12 120

Handgun Control Testimonies to State and Federal Commissions, 1973-1977 

12 121

Letters to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1976-1977 

12 122

Letters to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, 1975 

13 123

Letters to Members of the U.S. Senate and the White House, 1975 

13 124

Letters to U.S. Senators and Representatives, 1975-1976 

13 125

Congressional Records and Representative Letters to Constituents, 1975 

13 126

Congressional Public Speaking Invitations, 1975 

13 127

Letters to the Chicago City Council, 1974 

13 128

Chicago Handgun Facts and Statistics, 1975 

13 129

Handgun Victims' Testimonies, 1975 

13 130

Court Cases on the Liability of Handgun Manufactures and Legislation, 1975 

13 131

Handgun Related Court Case Documents, 1975-1977 

13 132

Official Memorandum about Lobbying and Court Cases, 1974-1975 

13 133

Court Cases and Press Releases, 1977 

13 134

Letters to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1975 

13 135

Consumer Product Safety Commission Materials, 1974-1975 

13 136

Consumer Product Safety Commission Lawsuit, 1975 

13 137

Gun Advertisements and a Filed Federal Trade Commission Complaint, 1976 

13 138

Gun Advertisements and Filed Federal Trade Commission Complaint, 1976 

13 139

National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Report, 1973 

13 140

Academic and Empirical Studies on Handgun Safety, 1977-1978 

13 141

Academic Journal Article, 1975 

14 142

Sample Gun Control Articles and Handgun Information, 1974 

14 143

Brochures, Fact Sheets, and Pamphlets, 1975-1978 

14 144

Press Conference Speeches, 1975-1976 

14 145

Connecticut Handgun Control Lobby and Newspaper, 1978 

14 146

Coalition of Concerned Women in the War on Crime Statement, 1975 

14 147

National Council to Control Handguns Reports, 1975-1976 

14 148

Susan Sullivan Private Operating Papers, 1975 

14 149

People v. Handguns Massachusetts Non-Profit Organization Materials, 1975 

14 150

Handgun Control Advertising Posters, 1975-1976 

14 151

Gun Control Forum at the Palmer House, 1974 

14 152

Handgun Violence Publications, 1975-1978 

14 153

Handgun Violence Publications, 1975-1978 

14 154

Handgun Violence Publications, 1975 

14 155

Gunshot Wound Slides, 1974 

14 156

"The Case to Control Handguns," Booklet, n.d. 

14 157

"National Forum on Handgun Control Proceedings," Booklet, 1975 

14 158

"The Politics of Handgun Control," Speech, n.d. 

15 159

Representative Conyers Gun Control Hearing Audio Tapes, 1978 

15 160

Gun Control Radio Interviews on Audio Tapes, n.d. 

15 161

Police Foundation Report, "Firearm Abuse: A Research and Policy Report," 1977 

15 162

Police Foundation Report, "Firearm Abuse: A Research and Policy Report," 1977 

15 163

Police Foundation Report, "Firearm Abuse: A Research and Policy Report," 1977 

15 164

Police Foundation Report, "Domestic Violence and the Police," 1977 

15 165

"Crime in the United States," Books, 1975-1976 

15 166

"Organizing For Handgun Control" Book, n.d. 

16 167

Techniques and Strategies for Successful Action Programs," Book, 1976 

16 168

Handgun Control Buttons, n.d. 

16 169

Handgun Control Bumper Stickers, n.d. 

16 170

National Rifle Association Newsletters, Magazines, and Correspondence, 1975 

16 171

National Rifle Association Organizing and Recruiting Materials, 1975-1976 

16 172

Pro-Gun Associations' Materials and Correspondence, 1975 

16 173

Pro-Gun Articles and Booklet, 1974-1977 

16 174

"The Right to Bear Arms," Source Book, 1974 

16 175

"The Right to Bear Arms," 35mm Movie, Teaching Handbook, and Audio Tape, 1974 

17 176

Stockholder Reports of Gun Manufacturers, 1974-1975 

17 177

Sub-series II: Legislative Action 

Scope and Content:

The Committee for Handgun Control participated in several events that brought handgun control to the attention of community activists and city residents alike. Survival Days in 1977 represented one of these activities, but the CFHC also found allies within the United States' Conference of Mayors and among public policy advisors. This sub-series, ranging from 1972 to 1978, consists of advertisements, legislation, legislative proposals, booklets, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and city ordinances and regulations. Sub-series comprises 2.25 linear feet of textual material (4.5 boxes).

Box Folder

Survival Days and Congressional Correspondence, 1975-1977 

17 178

Survival Days Lobby Campaign, 1977 

17 179

Survival Days Sermons for Gun Control, 1977 

17 180

Survival Days Press Releases, 1977 

17 181

Survival Days Memorandum and Newspaper Clippings, 1977 

18 182

Survival Days Press Releases, 1976-1976 

18 183

Survival Days Campaign and Correspondence, 1976-1977 

18 184

"Survival Days" Public Service Announcement Video Tape, 1977 

18 185

National Conference of Mayors Pamphlets and Brochures, 1975 

18 186

National Conference of Mayors Legislative Proposals, 1975 

18 187

National Conference of Mayors Gun Control Booklets, 1975 

19 188

National Conference of Mayors Handgun Control Project, 1975-1976 

19 189

National Conference of Mayors Second National Forum on Handguns, 1976 

19 190

Local Gun Control Ordinances and Correspondence, 1975 

19 191

Handgun Laws and Enforcement Procedures, 1977 

19 192

Proposed Handgun Legislation, 1975 

19 193

Proposed Legislation and Congressional Hearing Votes, 1975-1976 

19 194

Federal Legislation and Congressional Records, 1972-1975 

19 195

Legislation Surveys and Executive Proclamations, 1978 

19 196

Press Releases and Testimonies to Representative Mikva, 1975-1978 

19 197

National Legislation and Correspondence with Senator Percy and Representative Mikva, 1975-1978 

19 198

Handgun Control Legislative Documents, 1976 

20 199

Federal and State Handgun Control Legislation, 1974-1977 

20 200

National Legislation and Congressional Testimony, 1975-1976 

20 201

Handgun Control Conference and Legislative Proposals, 1974-1977 

20 202

Brochures on Handgun Control and "How Laws are Passed" Booklet, 1975-1977 

20 203

Public Policy Studies on Government Handgun Control, 1975-1976 

20 204

Meetings Related to Black on Black Crime with the Illinois Commission on Human Relations, 1974 

20 205

Baltimore Police Trade-In Program, 1974 

20 206

Chicago Crime Commission Materials, 1975 

21 207

Handgun Control Brochures and a 45 RPM Record, 1974 

21 208

Legislation, Speeches, Brochures, Articles, and Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1977 

21 209

Fundraising Pamphlets and Candidate Information, 1977-1978 

21 210

Florida Study and Survey on Handgun Violence, n.d. 

21 211

"A Judge Looks at Gun Control," Article, 1974 

21 212

Japanese Criminal Justice System and American Public Policy Repots, 1973-1975 

21 213

Reports from Foreign Embassies on Handgun Regulations, 1975 

21 214

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Series III: Oversized Material 

Oversize

Posters, undated 

Folder 215

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