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Expertise: Crime, gun policy, criminal justice

Chelsea Parsons is the vice president of Gun Violence Prevention at American Progress. Her work focuses on advocating for progressive laws and policies relating to gun violence prevention and the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels. In this role, she has helped develop measures to strengthen gun laws and reduce gun violence that have been included in federal and state legislation and as part of the president’s January 2016 executive action announcement on gun violence prevention. 

Prior to joining American Progress, she was general counsel to the New York City criminal justice coordinator, a role in which she helped develop and implement criminal justice initiatives and legislation in areas including human trafficking, sexual assault, family violence, firearms, identity theft, indigent defense, and justice system improvements. She previously served as an assistant New York state attorney general and a staff attorney law clerk for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Parsons is recognized as a national expert on gun laws and policy and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. She has been cited in publications including USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Economist.

She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn Law School. She currently lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.

By Chelsea Parsons
5 Discussions That Shaped the Justice Reform Movement in 2020Center for American ProgressMarch 18, 2021
6 Policies To Reduce Gun Violence in NevadaCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2021
Gun Violence Prevention Priorities for a New Congress and a New AdministrationCenter for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2021
Rethinking ATF’s Budget To Prioritize Effective Gun Violence PreventionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2020
The Gun Industry in AmericaCenter for American ProgressAugust 6, 2020
Dangerous Gaps in Gun Laws Exposed by the Coronavirus Gun Sale SurgeCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2020
4 Reasons Not To Buy Guns in Response to the COVID-19 PandemicCenter for American ProgressMarch 23, 2020
Gun Theft in the United States: A State-by-State AnalysisCenter for American ProgressMarch 4, 2020
How Partisan Gerrymandering Prevents Legislative Action on Gun ViolenceCenter for American ProgressDecember 17, 2019
End Gerrymandering To Help Prevent Gun ViolenceCenter for American ProgressDecember 17, 2019
CON: Second Amendment sanctuaries are a legal fiction that jeopardize public safetyInsideSourcesDecember 12, 2019
Bullet ControlCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2019
‘Here We Are Again’: On Gun Violence, White Nationalism, and the Scapegoating of Mental IllnessCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2019
The Virginia special session on gun legislation doesn’t have to be a farceThe Washington PostJuly 8, 2019
The Most Important Gun Violence Prevention Agency You’ve Never Heard OfCenter for American ProgressJune 19, 2019
Closing Gaps in Washington’s Gun Laws Will Prevent TragediesCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2018
The Risks of Unsecured Guns in OregonCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2018
Stalking as a Risk Factor for Future Gun ViolenceCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2018
America’s Youth Under FireCenter for American ProgressMay 4, 2018
The Kids Aren’t AlrightCenter for American ProgressMarch 27, 2018
5 Ways the Trump Budget Undermines Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety EffortsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2018
The Russification of the NRANew York Daily NewsFebruary 9, 2018
American Guns Are Killing Our Neighbors in Canada and MexicoLos Angeles TimesFebruary 6, 2018
Beyond Our BordersCenter for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2018
Virginia needs a governor who can keep standing up to the NRAThe Washington PostSeptember 29, 2017
Stolen guns are enabling violent crime. Will Congress actually do something about it?Los Angeles TimesJuly 27, 2017
Stolen Guns in AmericaCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2017
The Right Way to ‘Send in the Feds’Center for American ProgressJune 19, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: Too Many Guns in AmericaCenter for American ProgressJune 15, 2017
Gun violence is as American as baseballLos Angeles TimesJune 14, 2017
Gun Violence Across AmericaCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2016
America Under FireCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2016
Violent Words, Violent CrimesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2016
Creating Safe and Healthy Living Environments for Low-Income FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJuly 20, 2016
Turning Shock and Grief for Orlando into ActionMediumJune 15, 2016
Pennsylvania Under the GunCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2016
Decrease gun violence with commonsense policiesPhiladelphia InquirerApril 26, 2016
Hate and Guns: A Terrifying CombinationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2016
State Leaders Must Act on Gun ViolenceReal Clear PolicyJanuary 19, 2016
On gun control, America can’t wait for CongressNew York Daily NewsDecember 15, 2015
Framework for ActionCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2015
Virginia Under the GunCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2015
Executive Action to Strengthen Background Checks by Addressing High-Volume Gun SellersCenter for American ProgressOctober 15, 2015
The Bureau and the BureauCenter for American ProgressMay 19, 2015
In the CrosshairsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 22, 2015
The Law That Will Make a Million George ZimmermansThe Daily BeastJanuary 12, 2015
4 Ideas That Could Begin to Reform the Criminal Justice System and Improve Police-Community RelationsCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2014
9 Things to Know About Gun Violence in Washington StateCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2014
Fact Sheets: Protecting Women from Gun ViolenceCenter for American ProgressOctober 14, 2014
Assault Weapons RevisitedCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2014
Women Under the GunCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2014
3 Key Challenges in Combating the Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United StatesCenter for American ProgressApril 8, 2014
Young Guns: How Gun Violence is Devastating the Millennial GenerationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 21, 2014
The Gun Debate 1 Year After NewtownCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2013
Infographic: Washington State Is for Background ChecksCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2013
License to KillCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2013
Lost and Stolen Guns from Gun DealersCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2013
Recommendations for Executive Action to Combat Illegal Gun Trafficking and Gun CrimeCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2013
Preventing Domestic Abusers and Stalkers from Accessing GunsCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2013
9 Reasons Why Progress on Stronger Gun Laws Is Within ReachCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2013
America Under the GunCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2013
Blindfolded, and with One Hand Tied Behind the BackCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2013