Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Memorandum: Promoting Smart Gun Technology

Categories: Guns,Presidency

Presidential directive which calls upon the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology that would reduce the frequency of accidental gun discharge or unauthorized use of firearms and improve the tracing of lost or stolen guns. From the White House


World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2015

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Guns,Headlines,Statistics

Offers statistical information on military expenditures, arms transfers, armed forces, and related economic data for each country of the world. Covers the eleven year period from 2002 through 2012. From the State Department


Remarks by the President on Common-Sense Gun Safety Reform

Categories: Guns,Headlines,Presidency

Speech by President Obama at ceremony introducing his executive directives relating to gun sales, background checks, and gun safety technology. From the White House


Drug Offenders in Federal Prison: Estimates of Characteristics Based on Linked Data

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Guns,Statistics

Presents a description of drug offenders in federal prison, including criminal history, demographics, gun involvement in the offense, and sentence imposed. Also examines characteristics by type of drug involved and discusses alternative methods for defining drug offenders. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Executive Order Number Fifty (2015): Executive Action to Prevent Gun Violence

Categories: Guns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Establishes a joint Task Force to Prosecute Gun Crimes with special emphasis on enforcing current provisions of state law that only licensed dealers engage in the business of selling firearms and that guns are kept out of the hands of those prohibited from owning them. Also prohibits the open carrying of firearms in “offices occupied by executive branch agencies.” From the Office of the Governor


Firearms Commerce in the United States: Annual Statistical Update 2015

Categories: Guns,Statistics

Statistics on firearms manufactured by type, imported into the U.S. by type and country of origin, registered weapons by state, and actions on federal firearms license applications by year, 1975-2014.  From the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives


Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics

Analyzes mass shootings, defined as those involving 3 or more killings in a single incident, for a 15 year period (1999-2013).  Covers more than 300 such events involving the murder of 1,554 victims and calls for improved data collection for policy making.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Public Mass Shootings in the United States: Selected Implications for Federal Public Health and Safety Policy

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education,Guns,Health/Medical

Identifies 78 public mass shootings that have occurred in the U.S. since 1983.  The incidents have claimed 547 lives and resulted in injuries to another 476.  This report discusses policy in three areas: law enforcement, public health, and education.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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