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9 Things to Know About Gun Violence in Washington State

initiative 594 article icon Issue Brief There are many facets of gun violence in Washington state that stand out as exception, unusual, or above the national average, and the state can do more to prevent gun deaths and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

By Chelsea Parsons and Lauren Speigel | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fact Sheets: Protecting Women from Gun Violence

article icon Fact Sheet Some states have already enacted some of these policies, but many are falling short in enacting strong laws to protect women from fatal gun violence.

By Chelsea Parsons, Lauren Speigel, and Lindsey Zwicker | Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Assault Weapons Revisited

gun book_alt2 icon Report Twenty years after the enactment of the federal assault weapons ban and 10 years after it was allowed to expire, it is time to consider new ideas for regulating uniquely dangerous firearms.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Friday, September 12, 2014

Women Under the Gun

A house at twighlight book_alt2 icon Report Intimate partner violence is a key driver of homicides of women, and weak gun laws at the federal and state levels leave far too many women facing a fatal end to their abuse.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

3 Key Challenges in Combating the Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

Prostitution arrest article icon Issue Brief There is growing recognition that the sex trafficking of children is an issue in the United States. But there is much work still to be done to effectively combat this crime and provide appropriate services and support to victims.

By Chelsea Parsons, Andrew Cray, Malika Saada Saar, and Yasmin Vafa | Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Young Guns: How Gun Violence is Devastating the Millennial Generation

Girls crying at funeral article icon Issue Brief On average, 33,000 Americans are killed with guns each year, and the burden of this violence falls disproportionately on young people.

By Chelsea Parsons and Anne Johnson | Friday, February 21, 2014

The Gun Debate 1 Year After Newtown

Gun control rally article icon 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.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Friday, December 13, 2013

Infographic: Washington State Is for Background Checks

Private sellers and buyers should be required to visit a Washington state gun dealer to conduct a background check and process a gun sale.

By Chelsea Parsons, Arkadi Gerney, and Charles Posner | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

License to Kill

Guns book_alt2 icon Report Stand Your Ground laws, combined with weak state permitting laws that allow potentially dangerous individuals to carry concealed, loaded weapons in public with little law enforcement oversight or discretion, can produce deadly results.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lost and Stolen Guns from Gun Dealers

Riverview Gun Sales article icon Issue Brief Congressional budget restrictions have made it harder for police to stop guns from disappearing from gun-dealer inventories.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Recommendations for Executive Action to Combat Illegal Gun Trafficking and Gun Crime

President Barack Obama gun action article icon Issue Brief There is much the president can do to address gun violence in our communities that does not require approval by Congress.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Monday, June 10, 2013

Preventing Domestic Abusers and Stalkers from Accessing Guns

The Smith & Wesson .45 caliber M1911 pistol article icon 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.

By Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, Chelsea Parsons, and Megan Knauss | Thursday, May 9, 2013

9 Reasons Why Progress on Stronger Gun Laws Is Within Reach

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Gabby Giffords, Mark Barden article icon 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.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Tuesday, May 7, 2013

America Under the Gun

America Under the Gun Cover Art book_alt2 icon Report A new CAP analysis suggests a relationship between weak state gun laws and high levels of gun violence.

By Arkadi Gerney, Chelsea Parsons, and Charles Posner | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chelsea Parsons

Chelsea Parsons is Director of Crime and Firearms Policy at American Progress. Her work focuses on advocating for progressive laws and policies relating to guns and the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to joining American Progress, she was general counsel to the New York City criminal justice coordinator, a […]

Tuesday, March 19, 2013