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Lock, Stock, and Barre: How American Gun Culture and Manufacturing Created the Modern World.

The applicant informs as follows:

The applicant is responding to a new book entitled "The Gunning of America," in which the author contends that firearms were a much less significant part of our Nation's history than they are often held to be. The applicant has written books and articles challenging such published assertions before, including a book entitled Armed America. The applicant also played a core role in demolishing Michael Bellesiles' Arming America, which falsely asserted that guns and gun culture were rare and tightly regulated in early America. The applicant travelled to Hartford, Connecticut to review some of the Colt Company and Samuel Colt correspondence cited by Haag and its immediate context. The applicant concluded that Haag's characterizations are grossly wrong.

The applicant has also written a 40,000 word book on early American gunsmithing and manufacturing and the revolutionary effects the tools and processes they created had on creating the modern world. The final chapter will be "The Myth of Manufacturing Demand" and demonstrate the gross errors in Haag's book. The applicant is currently looking for a publisher.

The applicant has also written three related law review articles.

Greenwood Publishing Group, under its Praeger Press imprint, will be publishing his book about gun culture in early America and the myth of gun marketing, Lock, Stock, and Barre: How American Gun Culture and Manufacturing Created the Modern World, in 2018. It includes chapters that refute revisionist claims about the absence of early American gun culture and Haag's claims about gun makers creating a gun culture through marketing.

The applicant further informed that an unpublished paper of his, resulting in part form research and writing conducted pursuant to the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund grant, has been cited in other published works. Jacobs, James and Fuhr, Zoe, The Potential and Limitations of Universal Background Checking for Gun Purchasers (April 28, 2017); Wake Forest Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 7, No. 2, (2017 Forthcoming); NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-13. Available at SSRN: (citing the applicant's unpublished paper paper about universal background checks approvingly, pointing out serious flaws with Dr. Webster's claims about repeal of Missouri's UBC law.

Furthermore, the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy has offered to publish the applicant's law review article entitled Congressional Authority to Pass Concealed Carry Reciprocity Legislation, which, the applicant informs, is based in part on the research conducted with the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund grant. Abstract: "Congress is considering passage of national concealed carry legislation requiring all states to recognize concealed weapon licenses issued by any state, rather like the way that every state recognizes driver's licenses issued by another state. Are there any constitutional problems with such legislation? What practical problems might result? This paper seeks to answer those questions."

Gun Rights 3.0.

The applicants relate the following pertinent facts:

Funding was granted in order to continue to promote the book Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State." Since the release of the author's book, this promotional activity has achieved an incredible media reach of 311.1 million people across all forms of media.

The applicant sought a grant to further its initiative in support of Second Amendment Rights. The applicant states that it has had great success in this area already with the publication of the author's The Founder's Second Amendment, Securing Civil Rights, That Every Man Be Armed, and most recently, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and Enemies of the State. The applicant seeks to build upon its previous success with Gun Rights 3.0. Gun Rights 3.0 will continue to expand the coverage of the author's insights through expanded targeting of mainstream and liberal markets as well as ethnic minorities. Additionally, Gun Rights 3.0 will target academic and student audiences through college course adoptions and increasing the visibility of the author in speaking engagements.

[The applicant] now proposes continuing and expanding the national media and educational promotional campaign with Gun Rights 3.0, featuring [the author] as spokesman and based on both of his Independent books, Gun Control in the Third Reich and The Founders' Second Amendment. … Gun Rights involves a campaign of reviews, TV and radio interviews, op-eds, feature articles, book extracts, author presentations and debates, and other elements all aimed at propelling featuring [the author] and his very timely and far-reaching critique of gun control into high profile and widespread influence. Targeted opinion markets include academics and students; print and electronic media; business, religious and civic leaders; policymakers; legal and police professionals; gun rights advocates; and the general public.

The applicant informs that "[s]ince the release of Gun Control in the Third Reich, the author has achieved an incredible media reach of 314.1 million across TV, radio, print and web media."

The Nazi Occupation of France.

The applicant informs as follows:

The applicant received a grant to complete a book entitled The Nazi Occupation of France. His work distilled material from archives and published sources into book chapters, and prepared a manuscript, reorganizing and rewriting each chapter into a coherent, readable form.

More recently, the applicant has been working on completing the book, focusing on the use of gun registration for confiscation and of a ban on guns with "military" features for emasculating a population. He has completed a rough draft and is now in the process of getting comments, rewriting, rechecking sources, searching for illustrations, and pursuing review with a publisher. The title will be Gun Control in Nazi Occupied France: A Story of Registration, Confiscation, Firing Squads, and Resistance.

This book will be a sequel to the applicant's book Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State, which has also been published in German and French editions this year.

The book recounts the experiences of France, one of the European countries that the dissenters in Heller and McDonald wish to emulate. These issues were hotly debated during the Gun Control Act of 1968 and "assault weapon" bans.

The book is based on French and German archives, interviews, diaries, and other neglected historical sources. It recounts the failure of proposals for the right to keep and bear arms in 1789, the 1935 ban on "military" firearms and the registration of firearms and firearm owners, and the 1940 Nazi decreed confiscation of all firearms and death penalty for anyone who failed to turn in their firearms within 24 hours. "In sum, France had no constitutional guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms such as would preclude gun bans and registration of gun owners. When subjected to a tyrannical occupation, intrusive firearm regulations were used to disarm the subjects and prevent resistance."

Pro-Second Amendment historians and political scientists.

A research grant was provided to organize the names and contact information of historians and political scientists who are sympathetic to the individualist reading of the Second Amendment.

Southern Illinois University School of Law.

The applicant received a grant for the purchase of books to be used in his Second Amendment scholarship as a law professor the Southern Illinois University School of Law.