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Social Theory and Practice

Volume 45, Issue 4, October 2019

Michael Huemer
Pages 601-612

Gun Rights as Deontic Constraints

In earlier work, I argued that gun prohibition is unjustified because it violates an individual right to self-defense. Here, I defend that argument against objections posed by Nicholas Dixon and Jeff McMahan to the effect that the right of citizens to be free from gun violence counterbalances the right of self-defense, and that gun prohibition does not violate the right of self-defense because it renders everyone overall safer.

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