Special Collection: Gun Violence
American Bar Association National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws: Preliminary Report and Recommendations

The ABA's National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws conducted a broad investigation of Stand Your Ground laws across the United States. Much of the recent media attention surrounding Stand Your Ground laws is due to the nationally publicized... … more

Women Under the Gun: How Gun Violence Affects Women and 4 Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them

Every day in the United States, five women are murdered with guns. Many of these fatal shootings occur in the context of a domestic or intimate partner relationship. However, women are not the only victims. Shooters have often made children, police... … more

Hispanic Victims of Lethal Firearms Violence in the United States

This report is a comprehensive study on gun violence against Hispanics in America. It is based on data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as unpublished information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's... … more

The Police Response to Active Shooter Incidents

There have been many active shooter incidents in the United States since Columbine, and police agencies continue to modify their policies and training to reflect the lessons that are learned from each new tragedy. This report summarizes the state of... … more

20 Years of Brady Background Checks: The Case for Finishing the Job to Keep America Safer

It was 20 years ago that Congress passed, and President Clinton signed, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. As a result of this landmark law, criminals can no longer simply lie about their record and buy guns; now, federally licensed gun... … more

2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter

State gun laws fill enormous gaps that exist in our nation's federal laws, and help to reduce gun violence and keep citizens safe. In part because these laws help to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and aid law enforcement in solving... … more

Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data

The devastation homicide inflicts on black teens and adults is a national crisis, yet it is all too often ignored outside of affected communities.

This study examines the problem of black homicide victimization at the state level by... … more

Guns, Public Health and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for Federal Policy

Importantly, the research evidence points to several key factors that are associated with risk of committing firearm violence - toward self and others - in people both with and without mental illness, including history of violent crime, perpetration... … more

Mandatory Minimums and Guns: Opinions from Illinois

Project NIA carried out an online survey from November 20 through November 29. 571 responses were collected from across Illinois. The following is a report that outlines the findings from the surveys. The survey shows strong public opposition to... … more

Guns, Public Health and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy

The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy (Consortium) includes the nation's leading researchers, practitioners, and advocatesx in gun violence prevention and mental health. In March of 2013, members of the Consortium met for a two-day conference... … more