Publisher Offers Free Access to Gun Regulation and Legislation Research Collection

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William S. Hein & Co., Inc.'s newest HeinOnline database, Gun Regulation and Legislation in America, is available to academic and institutional libraries free of charge with registration. Hein encourages librarians to share this resource openly with all patrons.

William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has released the newest HeinOnline collection, Gun Regulation and Legislation in America. This collection has been in development since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six staff members.

The Hein Company is a for-profit corporation with fiscal responsibilities to its shareholders, but its mission statement contains a number of core values, one of which is Corporate Citizenship. This means that, as a company, Hein resolves to make a positive difference in the community. In the wake of several of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history, Hein is offering this new collection of materials free of charge to its core U.S. subscribers, academics, and other institutional libraries in order to provide a platform for research on the myriad issues related to gun regulation. The goal of this database is to help facilitate civil discourse and productive discussions and to help to bring all sides of this issue together to effect positive change and prevent more senseless loss of life.

The Hein Company has always recognized the impact librarians have within their communities. Their social consciousness, their communication skills, their ability to interact in a positive fashion with young children, students of all ages, high school, college and graduate level faculty, business people, attorneys, judges and the public in general put them in a unique position to open lines of communication to address the issues Americans are faced with today. By providing complimentary institutional library access to Gun Regulation and Legislation, a wide audience has an opportunity to be more informed about the history of the Second Amendment, the path which the gun regulation debate has taken, and key historical events related to this complex subject. By using this collection, librarians can be in the forefront of a movement to help educate their communities and create an environment for open and positive dialogue, which may go a long way in helping find solutions to the distressing issues confronting all of us.

The Hein Company hopes your library will consider registering for access. Please join them in making a difference today.

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About This Collection

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America brings together essential periodicals, compiled legislative histories, CRS reports, congressional hearings, United States Supreme Court briefs, monographs, and other related materials on the difficult and controversial topic of regulating firearms in the United States. Access is provided free of charge to HeinOnline’s core customer base, academics, and institutional libraries within the United States.

About HeinOnline

HeinOnline is the premiere product of William S. Hein & Co., Inc., which has been serving the library community for more than 95 years as a legal publisher, periodical subscription agent, and the world’s largest distributor of legal periodicals. HeinOnline includes nearly 160 million pages and more than 200,000 titles, and has subscribers in more than 175 countries. It is the world’s largest image-based research collection available in an online, fully-searchable format. Having built a reputation for excellence in image-based legal research, HeinOnline delivers a wealth of current information and more historical content than any other database.

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