Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France: Tyranny and Resistance (2018)

Nazi Germany invaded France in 1940. In every occupied town, Nazi soldiers put up posters that demanded that civilians surrender their firearms within twenty-four hours or else be shot. Despite the consequences, many French citizens refused to comply with the order…

Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State” (2013)

Based on newly-discovered secret documents from German archives, diaries, and newspapers of the time, Gun Control in the Third Reich presents the definitive yet hidden history of how the Nazi regime made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate power…

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Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters

“‘Arms in the Hands of Jews Are a Danger to Public Safety’: Nazism, Firearm Registration, and the Night of the Broken Glass,” 21 St. Thomas Law Review 109-41 (2009). Reprinted in 21 Journal on Firearms & Public Policy 22 (Fall 2009).2009
“Nazi Firearms Law and the Disarming of the German Jews,” 17 Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, No. 3, 483-532 (2000). Condensed version: Ch. 9 of Aaron Zelman & Richard W. Stevens, Death by “Gun Control”: The Human Cost of Victim Disarmament (Hartford, WI: Mazel Freedom Press, 2002), 75-111.2000
“Nazism, the Second Amendment, and the NRA: A Reply to Professor Harcourt,” 11 Texas Review of Law & Politics 113 (2006).2006
“‘Why Can’t We Be Like France?’ How the Right to Bear Arms Got Left Out of the Declaration of Rights and How Gun Registration Was Decreed Just in Time for the Nazi Occupation,” XXXIX Fordham Urban Law Journal, No. 5, 1637-94 (Oct. 2012).2012

Articles and Op-Eds

"A Danger to Public Safety," American Rifleman, January 2016, 74-79.2016
“Gun Control: The Kristallnacht Version of ‘Common-Sense Safety’,” Investor’s Business Daily (Nov. 15, 2018).2018
“How the Nazis Used Gun Control,” National Review Online, December 2, 2013.2013
“It’s a Wonderful Model” (interview), Current Concerns June 2013, 5-8.2013
“Lessons from Nazi Gun Control,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 16, 2014.2014
“Let Jews Defend Themselves from Terrorism,” Detroit News, March 31, 2015.2015
“The Nazis’ Gun Ban Facilitated Kristallnact,” History News Network (GMU), Nov. 25, 2013.2013
“Recalling the Tragic History of Gun Control,” The American Spectator, Sept. 4, 2019.2019
“Registration, Confiscation, Arrest,” The Daily Caller, Sept. 21, 2016.2016
“Registration: The Nazi Paradigm,” American Rifleman 52-55, 91 (June 2001).2001
“Time for a History Lesson about Gun Control,” TownHall, June 22, 2018.2018
“What Made the Nazi Holocaust Possible?,” The Washington Times, Nov. 7, 2013. Reprinted in America’s 1st Freedom, Feb. 2014, 72.2014