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Eugenio Weigend is the director for Gun Violence Prevention at American Progress. His research has focused on preventing arms trafficking and gun violence in the United States and Mexico. He has published numerous reports, fact sheets, and issue briefs advocating for measures that strengthen gun laws in the United States at the state and federal levels.

Weigend’s research on the impact of U.S. guns in Mexico and the perils of replicating U.S. gun policies abroad has been published in academic journals. He has provided testimonies before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as well as the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Firearms Trafficking in the Americas and has been invited to speak at conferences at Oxford University, Georgetown University, Washington University, Colegio de Mexico, and Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico. He has appeared on international news outlets such as CNN, Televisa, and Al Jazeera and has been cited in news publications such as The New York Times and El Pais.

Prior to Joining American Progress, Weigend was a researcher at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, where he focused his research on mitigating violence across the Mexican states. In 2013, he co-authored a book on policies to mitigate the rise of violence in Mexico.

Weigend has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University and the University of Texas in El Paso. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Brown University and a doctorate from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Latest by Eugenio Weigend Vargas

No Shots Fired Report
Weapons seen on display at a gun shop in Virginia. (Getty/Yasin Ozturk)

No Shots Fired

A new CAP analysis finds that robberies and aggravated assaults in which a gun is not fired but is used as a threat occur frequently and have significant impacts on victims in the United States.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Rukmani Bhatia

The Gun Industry in America Report
Weapons are on display at a gun shop in Virginia, as gun and ammunition sales in the United States have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Getty/Yasin Ozturk)

The Gun Industry in America

The national debate over gun violence rarely focuses attention on the role of the gun industry in enabling this public health crisis.

Chelsea Parsons, Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Rukmani Bhatia

Gun Violence in Iowa Report
Protesters march in front of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, during the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018. (Brandi Webber)

Gun Violence in Iowa

In Iowa, several concerning aspects of gun violence warrant a strong policy response, and elected leaders must take action to ensure the safety of every Iowan.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Matt Sinovic

Beyond Our Borders Report
An assortment of handguns and other weapons used in felonies were seized by the Mexican Army, January 17, 2017. (Getty/AFP, Julio Cesar Aguilar)

Beyond Our Borders

The current debate about protecting America's borders ignores the U.S. role as a major supplier of crime guns around the world.

Chelsea Parsons, Eugenio Weigend Vargas

Stolen Guns in America Report

Stolen Guns in America

The number of firearms being stolen in the United States is staggering—and while policymakers must take steps to mitigate this concern, gun dealers and private gun owners have a responsibility to ensure that guns are not vulnerable to theft.

Chelsea Parsons, Eugenio Weigend Vargas

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