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9 Things to Know About Gun Violence in Washington State

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

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

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Women Under the Gun

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


Oil and Gas Industry Investments in the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International

book_alt2 icon Report The growing influence of the oil and gas industry on the NRA, Safari Club International, and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is reshaping the politics, policies, and priorities of American land and wildlife conservation.

By Matt Lee-Ashley | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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

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

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Young Guns: How Gun Violence is Devastating the Millennial Generation

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

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The Gun Debate 1 Year After Newtown

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

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Parsing Myth from Reality in U.S. Gun Culture

Many of the popular notions that underlie American gun culture are based on a reality that never existed.

By Sam Fulwood III | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pennsylvania Gun Owner: Why Universal Background Checks Will Make Us Safer

play_alt icon Video Larry Glick, former executive director of the National Tactical Officers Association, explains why universal background checks will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

By Lauren Santa Cruz and Allison Zelman | Friday, September 20, 2013


License to Kill

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

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Lost and Stolen Guns from Gun Dealers

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

6 Ways Faith Communities Have Helped Prevent Gun Violence Since Newtown

Faith communities are playing an integral role in making communities safer through state gun-violence prevention laws in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

By Eleni Towns | Monday, June 17, 2013

President Barack Obama gun action

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

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

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