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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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


Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2012: Statistical Tables

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

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

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

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

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


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