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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.

By Eugenio Weigend Vargas
A New Lawsuit Illustrates the Problem of U.S. Guns in MexicoCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2021
Concealed Carry Is Linked to Increased Gun Violence in WisconsinCenter for American ProgressSeptember 1, 2021
Gun acquisition in Mexico 2012–18: findings from Mexico’s National Crime Victimization SurveyThe British Journal of CriminologyJanuary 29, 2021
Emotional and physical symptoms after gun victimization in the United States, 2009–2019Preventive MedicineDecember 18, 2020
No Shots FiredCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2020
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
Firearms and Injuries during Home Robberies in Mexico, 2010–2017Trends in Organized CrimeApril 1, 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
Gun Violence in America: A State-by-State AnalysisCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2019
Beyond Our Borders but Within Our ControlCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2019
Should Mexico Adopt Permissive Gun Policies: Lessons from the United StatesMexican Law ReviewJanuary 24, 2019
Weak Gun Laws and Public Safety Concerns in the State of MissouriCenter for American ProgressOctober 29, 2018
America’s Youth Under FireCenter for American ProgressMay 4, 2018
Gun Violence in IowaCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2018
Beyond Our BordersCenter for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2018
Stolen Guns in AmericaCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2017
Improving Mexico’s Economic Competitiveness Through Security CooperationCenter for American ProgressMay 2, 2017
We’re sending guns, crime to MexicoLos Angeles TimesMarch 2, 2017
Gun Violence Across AmericaCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2016
America Under FireCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2016
Pennsylvania Under the GunCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2016
Hate and Guns: A Terrifying CombinationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2016
Virginia Under the GunCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2015
The Senate must act to help curb gun trafficking to MexicoFox News LatinoJune 8, 2015
Fact Sheets: Federal Legislative Gun IssuesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2015
In the CrosshairsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 22, 2015