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What the Public Really Thinks About Guns

Students join interfaith candlelight prayer vigil to end gun violence article icon Issue Brief There is clear consensus around a variety of common-sense gun laws, as well as consensus around what limits are unacceptable. Congress is fighting over questions that are simply not controversial.

by Margie Omero, Michael Bocian, Bob Carpenter, Linda DiVall, Diane T. Feldman, Celinda Lake, Douglas E. Schoen, Al Quinlan, Joshua Ulibarri, and Arkadi Gerney | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Blindfolded, and with One Hand Tied Behind the Back

Handguns at Capitol City Arms Supply article icon Issue Brief The use of appropriations riders to enact policy changes has reached new heights in the area of firearms.

by Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, and Chelsea Parsons | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Infographic: Fixing Gun Background Checks

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.

by Arkadi Gerney and Kendall Bills | Monday, March 4, 2013

5 Reasons Why Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Enhances Our Democracy

I Voted article icon Issue Brief Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has protected our right to vote and is needed to continue building a diverse electorate that includes all Americans.

by Sandhya Bathija | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Every State Can Implement Transgender-Inclusive Health Coverage

Transgender attorney Sara SchnorrA case study of the Oregon Insurance Division shows how statutes already on the books in every state give state policymakers the authority to end antitransgender discrimination in health insurance.

by Andrew Cray | Friday, February 15, 2013

After Tragedies, Coloradans Unite Around Universal Background Checks

play_alt icon Video The tragedies of Columbine and Aurora have galvanized Coloradans—including gun owners—around common-sense gun-safety measures like universal background checks.

by Andrew Satter | Thursday, February 14, 2013

NRA Working to Elect Pro-Gun Judges and Prosecutors

David KeeneUsing a front group, the NRA has spent millions of dollars to influence the elections of state supreme court judges and attorneys general nationwide.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, February 14, 2013

Constitutionality of Proposed Firearms Legislation

Gun store article icon 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.

by Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, and Robyn Thomas | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Campaign Finance Laws Fail as Corporate Money Floods Judicial Races

Gavel and money book_alt2 icon Report This compilation of recent reports describes the distorting influence of campaign cash and suggests policy solutions to mitigate these problems.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Million Dollar Judges of 2012

Justice Don Willett article icon Issue Brief Billy Corriher looks at the judges who won elections in 2012 while raising roughly $1 million or more, as well as those who had more than $1 million spent on their behalf by independent groups.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Preventing Gun Violence in Our Nation

Sandy Hook bus article icon 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.

by Neera Tanden, Winnie Stachelberg, Arkadi Gerney, and Danielle Baussan | Saturday, January 12, 2013

Strengthening Our Democracy by Expanding Voting Rights

Early voting article icon Issue Brief With voting rights under attack in state legislatures across the country and voters in many states enduring long lines and other hurdles before they can cast a ballot, voting-rights advocates must help ensure that every American can exercise his or her right to vote.

by Scott Keyes | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Public Financing of Judicial Races Can Give Small Donors a Decisive Role

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts article icon Issue Brief Public financing programs can drastically limit the opportunity for lawyers, corporations, or others to influence the law through campaign contributions, and can make smaller donors more important to the process.

by Billy Corriher | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Strong Recusal Rules Are Crucial to Judicial Integrity

West Virginia Supreme Court article icon Issue Brief Mandatory recusal rules would go a long way toward ensuring citizens that judges and by extension, justices, can be bought.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Same-Sex Couples and the Supreme Court: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

U.S. Supreme Court buildingThe Court’s potential decision to review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 will impact thousands of same-sex couples nationwide.

by Crosby Burns and Andrew Blotky | Thursday, November 15, 2012