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This special collection brings together evidence and insights from nonprofits, foundations, and research organizations working to understand the full impact of firearm use and gun violence in the US. By providing us with analyses of current state and federal laws as well as valuable data on suicides, homicides, accidents, and mass shootings, these organizations seek to inform sound public policy and to curb this ongoing public health epidemic.

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National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (NLEPPGV) 2010-2021: Partnership Report

July 1, 2021

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence was launched on October 25, 2010. Representatives of the founding organizations were on hand to speak to the devastating impact of firearms in the United States. The Partnership was organized by 10 national law enforcement leadership organizations in an unprecedented joint effort by law enforcement leaders to address gun violence in an era of shrinking law enforcement budgets and rising levels of officer deaths. During the course of the Partnership's existence from 2010 to 2021, it released more than 60 statements to the public, Members of Congress and Congressional Committees, and the media. The intent of these statements was to educate the public, media, and policymakers on the views of law enforcement and the reasons for those views. Reflected in these statements was a continued focus on the principles of the organization, expressions of grief and concern following many mass shooting incidents and attacks on officers, and policy proposals. As of June 2021, several of the member organizations, including the IACP, PERF, and others, continue to publish statements and views on their own websites and/or continue to name gun violence as a top strategic priority, including NPI. Though these steps are taken independently, when reviewed as a whole, they continue to represent consensus that gun violence in the United States is a major epidemic, threatens officer safety, and wreaks havoc on many communities across the nation, most especially communities of color and those in impoverished areas.

The Proliferation of Ghost Guns: Regulation Gaps and Challenges for Law Enforcement

July 1, 2021

Ghost guns (also known as privately made or unserialized firearms) have become a significant concern to law enforcement and public safety. The term "ghost gun" encompasses a variety of firearms produced from components that are not currently regulated by federal firearm laws. Most commonly, ghost guns are produced from components purchased from businesses and individuals that most often include nearly finished aluminum, polymer frames, or receivers. Advances in ghost gun parts manufacturing facilitates homemade production of firearms by non-technical users. Public safety and gun violence prevention advocates cite the growing representation of ghost guns in crime as well as the ease of production, lack of background checks, and poor traceability as reasons that ghost guns components and kits should be regulated like all other firearms. In this study, we addressed current knowledge gaps by exploring law enforcement agencies' (LEA's) experience with ghost guns to provide a national overview of current perceptions, practices, and recommendations for improving public policy. Interviews with command, patrol, forensics, and specialized units from 24 LEAs revealed that there was a patchwork of experience with, and strategies to address the public safety risk created by ghost guns. Policy recommendations based on this research include halting the proliferation of ghost guns through regulating the production and sale of ghost gun components and kits by updating the outdated definition of firearm. Recommendations for improvements on the process of tracking and reporting ghost gun data, training, within-agency information sharing, and research are also discussed.