Issue Brief The debate over background checks in the past year has devolved into sound bites, misstatements, and misunderstandings. But at its core, this proposal will enhance public safety and prevent dangerous people from easily acquiring guns.
Private sellers and buyers should be required to visit a Washington state gun dealer to conduct a background check and process a gun sale.
Issue Brief Congressional budget restrictions have made it harder for police to stop guns from disappearing from gun-dealer inventories.
Issue Brief There is much the president can do to address gun violence in our communities that does not require approval by Congress.
Issue Brief Weaknesses in federal law and law enforcement leave untold numbers of women vulnerable to gun violence committed by men who have harassed, stalked, threatened, and terrorized them, often for years.
Issue Brief Even though the Senate failed to pass an amendment to require background checks for most gun sales, stronger gun laws are still within reach.
Report A new CAP analysis suggests a relationship between weak state gun laws and high levels of gun violence.
Issue Brief The use of appropriations riders to enact policy changes has reached new heights in the area of firearms.
Only federally licensed gun dealers currently have to perform background checks on purchasers of firearms. A law instituting universal background checks would help further prevent gun violence.
Issue Brief The firearm regulation measures endorsed by President Obama and proposed by Congress are safely within constitutional confines and reflect the sort of reasonable regulation that the Supreme Court has already endorsed in previous cases.
Arkadi Gerney is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Arkadi’s work focuses on crime, gun policy, immigration, data innovation, and data privacy. Prior to joining CAP Arkadi was senior director for policy, partnerships, and public affairs at Opower, a fast-growing software company that works with more than 75 utilities in the United States […]
Issue Brief Through better background checks; taking military-grade weapons off the streets and out of criminals’ hands; and improved data, coordination, and enforcement, we can reduce the gun violence that plagues our communities, our children, and our families.