Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.
Before this, Illinois was the only state that did not have a may-issue or shall-issue concealed carry law.  † Rhode Island is considered a “hybrid” state, because the law states that local authorities “shall issue …
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This law also required that firearm certificates specify the identification numbers (“if known”) of all firearms and shotguns owned by the applicant. * In 1997, Britain passed a law requiring civilians to surrender almost all privately owned handguns to the police.
More than 162,000 handguns and 1.5 million pounds of ammunition were “compulsorily surrendered” by February 1998.
The law also specified that such handguns had to be re-registered every two years or owners would forfeit their right to possess them.