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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2012: Statistical Tables

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/bcft12st.pdf

Provides statistics on the number of applications for guns and the number of denials.  Includes details back to the passage of the Brady Act in 1994.   From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

To Walk the Earth in Safety: 2014

Categories: Arms Control,Conflict Resolution,Guns

http://www.state.gov/t/pm/rls/rpt/walkearth/2014/index.htm

Describes the programs and partnerships that comprise the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.  Describes funding and activities of the U.S. around the world to destroy or impound conventional weapons such as landmines and ammunition storage sites.  From the State Department

 

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School: Report of the Office of the Child Advocate

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Guns,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mental Health

http://www.ct.gov/oca/lib/oca/sandyhook11212014.pdf

State report on the educational, physical, and mental health issues of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, with recommendations for improving community health services to prevent such future tragedies.  From the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate

 

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

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/september/fbi-releases-study-on-active-shooter-incidents/pdfs/a-study-of-active-shooter-incidents-in-the-u.s.-between-2000-and-2013

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

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202014%20Vol.%2090%20No%207.pdf

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

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/12-1493

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

http://www.unodc.org/documents/gsh/pdfs/2014_GLOBAL_HOMICIDE_BOOK_web.pdf

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43435.pdf

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

 

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