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Earl Gregg Swem Library

A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics

Examines 160 active shooter incidents in the U.S. to provide federal, state, and local law enforcement with data to better understand how to respond and recover from these events.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


Reducing Gun Crime in Virginia: Trends and the Need for Clear Thinking in Public Policy

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Discusses Virginia’s much-criticized gun laws and then examines how Virginia firearm sales may be related to or affected by crime, high profile events of gun crime, the implementation of gun policies, and public perceptions.  Calls for background checks for anyone buying a gun from an unlicensed private seller.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Abramski v. United States

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding the conviction of a former police officer who bought a handgun for his uncle and claimed he was the gun owner.  At issue was whether someone eligible to purchase a gun could act as a “straw” in purchasing it for another individual.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Global Study on Homicide 2013: Trends, Contexts, Data

Categories: Births/Deaths,Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics,United Nations

Aims to improve understanding of criminal violence by providing information on where it occurs, who is most at risk, and how their lives are taken.  Reports that 437,000 persons were killed in 2012 with the largest number (36%) occurring in the Americas.  From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


Marijuana: Medical and Retail: Selected Legal Issues

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Guns,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Taxes

Provides a current review of state and federal laws regarding the sale of marijuana for medical or retail purposes, the consequences of violating the federal Controlled Substances Act, and Justice Department memoranda relating to marijuana. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Slipping Through the Cracks: How the D.C. Navy Yard Shooting Exposes Flaws in the Federal Security Clearance Process

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt/Business Scandals,Guns,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations

Describes the current federal security process in the wake of the Navy Yard killings and proposes several legislative improvements.  From the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Presidential Policy Directive/PPD 27: United States Conventional Arms Transfer Policy

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment,Guns,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

Describes the official goals of U.S. conventional arms transfer policy and outlines efforts to exercise restraint over arms sales that might promote instability, international crime, or injury to human rights.  From the White House


Homicide in the U.S. Known to Law Enforcement, 2011

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics

An estimated 14,610 persons were victims of homicide in the U.S. in 2011.  This report describes homicide patterns and trends by age, sex, and race of the victim.  It also covers weapon use with a focus on trends in firearm use and homicide trends by city size.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


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