Tell the Senate: Strengthen Our Nation’s Gun Laws
States that have recently weakened their gun laws are seeing increases in violent crime.
Houston, Boston, and Newark have improved public safety through violence prevention efforts outside traditional law enforcement.
The word “gun” or another synonymous variation was only included in 3.5 percent of headlines and summaries of online news posts that included the words “murders” or “homicides,” even though 80 percent of homicides are committed with a firearm, and gun homicides increased by 35 percent.
The rise in white supremacist and anti-government violence is fueled by weak gun laws and easy access to firearms.
Responding to the judicial overreach of a radical Supreme Court majority will require long-term structural reforms to the courts and immediate action to mitigate the harms caused by their wrongly decided decisions.
The lack of investment in communities of color, coupled with weak gun laws, has resulted in devastatingly high rates of gun violence for Black and brown people.
Gun violence against police officers is a major problem in the United States, but elected officials are still adopting counterproductive measures opposed by law enforcement agencies.
There is no evidence linking bail reform to the rising rates of violent crime in the United States.
Gun trafficking across state lines is fueling violent crime in the United States.
Gun trafficking fuels crime and undermines state and local efforts to mitigate violence; the Biden administration has taken important steps that must be complemented by congressional and state-level policies.
The Supreme Court’s extreme right-wing majority is poised to roll back long-standing rights and laws. This activism threatens public trust in the court and our democracy.
Children and teenagers are suffering from gun violence at disproportionate rates, all while some elected officials push for measures that would further endanger our young generations.
Violent crime is driven by gun violence, and elected officials must support gun violence prevention measures.
While intransigent elected officials in Texas impede action at the state level, city and county officials can take meaningful steps to prevent gun violence that do not require legislative action.
It is vital that policymakers take immediate action to address the scourge of guns and hate.
How civilian offices of violence prevention can curb gun violence by supporting community-driven solutions.
Permitless carry poses a danger to public safety by allowing individuals to carry concealed, loaded guns in public with no permit or training.
Developments in smart gun technology can prevent unintentional shootings by children, reduce gun theft, and reduce teen suicide.
This fact sheet summarizes a recent Center for American Progress report on gun suicides among former and current military members in the United States.
Rates of gun suicide are particularly high among former and current military members; there are steps that can be taken to address this challenge.
Michigan has taken important steps to reduce gun violence, but state leaders should engage in additional actions to further address this public health crisis.
This fact sheet summarizes a recent Center for American Progress report on violence against women in the United States.
Despite rising rates of gun violence in Iowa, lawmakers persist in weakening the state’s gun laws.
While Delaware has already passed important bills to prevent gun violence, the state could take a major step forward by passing a permit-to-purchase law—a measure requiring a license to purchase a handgun.
Gender-based violence in the United States is fueled by unmitigated access to firearms, a lack of services for survivors, and dangerous narratives spread by the gun lobby.
Eugenio Weigend Vargas and Carlos Perez Ricart address the dearth of research around nonfatal gunshot injuries by providing data on and exploring the costs related to such injuries sustained during crimes in Mexico.
Religious organizations and people of faith across the country are working to heal their communities and prevent gun violence through support for broader reforms.
Data show that the repeal of Missouri’s permit-to-purchase law is linked to higher levels of gun theft—a problem state officials must correct.
Firearms must be subject to the same federal safety requirements as other consumer products.
Mexico’s lawsuit against major U.S. arms manufacturers and distributors is a reminder of the fact that America’s gun violence epidemic extends well beyond its own borders.
Wisconsin’s 2011 concealed carry law has been linked to higher levels of gun violence in the state—and policymakers must take action to correct the problem.
U.S. firearms are trafficked with alarming frequency, increasing violence in the United States and across international borders.
As more states pass campus carry laws, Congress and the Biden administration should intervene to protect college students and employees from gun violence.
Safe storage practices can help to keep children safe, deter gun theft, and avoid preventable gun-related deaths and injuries.
The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act prevents the gun industry from being held accountable for harm caused and disincentivizes the industry from ensuring consumer safety.
Serious gaps in federal law allow loopholes for some domestic violence abusers to access firearms, intensifying harm in moments that are already dangerous for survivors.
Homemade firearms that can be procured without a background check and do not have serial numbers, known as ghost guns, pose unique risks to community safety.
A dangerous gap in federal law allows gun dealers to proceed with a sale before a background check has been completed—enabling people who are otherwise prohibited from gun possession to continue to buy guns.
Extreme risk protection orders provide a much-needed remedy to temporarily remove firearms during a period of temporary crisis.
While Nevada has taken steps to strengthen gun laws in recent years, much more must be done to protect Nevada communities from gun violence.
The start of a new Congress and a new administration presents a crucial opportunity to make progress in reducing gun violence.
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.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should overhaul its current spending priorities to better reflect the agency’s unique value-add to gun violence prevention efforts.
The gun lobby has manipulated the human rights framework to the detriment to public safety, violating fundamental human rights within the United States.
Existing support systems for domestic violence survivors are proving inadequate during the pandemic and point to the need for a stronger nationwide infrastructure connecting survivors to vital supports and services.
The national debate over gun violence rarely focuses attention on the role of the gun industry in enabling this public health crisis.
The coronavirus crisis has led to a dangerous surge in gun sales, which has given new urgency to addressing the gaps in federal and state gun laws that allow unregulated access to firearms.
The decision to buy a gun should be informed by data and research, not fear and anxiety.