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Utilizing the State Firearm Laws Database: A Webinar Tutorial

June 1, 2017

With the support of E4A, Dr. Michael Siegel and his team identified and categorized 133 state firearm provisions into 14 categories, based on their intended impact on gun safety. The effort has culminated in the creation of a comprehensive database containing detailed annual information on firearm-related laws in each of the 50 states from 1991 to the present.

Researchers are able to access and download data to conduct their own analyses and create maps and graphs to visualize trends over time, by state, and by type of law.

In this webinar, Dr. Siegel explained the methodology for developing the database and coding schematic; demonstrated how to download data and use the various functions of the website; and answered participant questions.