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South Carolina Gun Violence

article icon Fact Sheet The state of South Carolina has both some of the weakest gun laws and some of the highest levels of gun violence in the country.

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The Terror Gap

article icon Fact Sheet With the ever-present threat of lone-wolf and homegrown terrorists perpetrating attacks on American soil, it is important to close the terror gap in order to prevent known terror suspects from easily purchasing guns.

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The Myth of Police Reluctance

Despite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence to suggest that the “Hands Up” movement has caused the police to stand down.

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Virginia Under the Gun

article icon Issue Brief A number of aspects of gun violence and gun-related crime in Virginia are exceptional or above the national average, and there is much state leaders could do to strengthen the state’s laws and prevent gun deaths.

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Congress Should Act to Make Criminal Justice Reform History

The effects of mass incarceration ripple across the United States and affect all Americans. Congress should seize the historic opportunity to begin to repair the U.S. criminal justice system.

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The Long, Reenergized Fight to Improve Policing in Baltimore

As recent events place Baltimore’s history of racial tension and institutional discrimination at the center of public attention, a new report outlines a path for police reform.

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Toward Trust

book_alt2 icon Report Baltimore activists offer six ideas to make the Baltimore Police Department more accountable, transparent, and effective at preventing and solving serious crimes.

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Executive Action to Strengthen Background Checks by Addressing High-Volume Gun Sellers

article icon Issue Brief The current regulation defining who is required to obtain a federal firearms license should be revised to ensure that high-volume gun sellers are required to conduct background checks for all sales.

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Point of Entry

book_alt2 icon Report The disciplinary use of suspension and expulsion for the nation’s youngest students—particularly African American students—has long-term damaging effects on children, as well as society as a whole.

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All Pennsylvanians Will Benefit from a Clean Slate Policy for Minor Criminal Records

article icon Fact Sheet A new proposal in Pennsylvania will reduce barriers to employment, housing, education, and much more.

Infographic: Ensuring that Prohibited Abusers Give Up Their Guns in New Jersey

While New Jersey has taken important steps to protect victims of domestic violence from gun violence, more can be done to keep guns out of the hands of abusers.

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