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State Legislation to Reduce Firearm Homicide: A Roadmap for Policymakers

Infographic depicting the number of lives that might be saved if different kinds of gun laws are passed.

States with universal background checks, may issue, and violent misdemeanor laws experienced 36.1% lower homicide rates.

While the public mass shootings in Newtown, Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Pittsburgh, and Parkland have brought the issue of firearm violence to the forefront, less than one percent of all firearm-related homicides are due to mass shootings. A set of laws that will have the greatest impact in reducing firearm homicide across the board, not just mass shootings, needs to be identified and implemented.

Michael Siegel and Claire Boine highlight the types of firearm laws and identify those that are most likely to be effective. 

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