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What are the Most Effective Policies in Reducing Gun Homocides?

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

The analysis found three priority pieces of legislation that would have the greatest impact in reducing overall firearm homicide rates: universal background checks; prohibition of gun possession by people with a history of any violent misdemeanor, threatened violence, serious alcohol-related crime, or subject to a domestic violence restraining order; and extreme risk protection order laws that allow removal of firearms from an individual who, after due process, is deemed to represent a threat to themselves or others.The purpose of this research was not simply to identify a list of laws that “work” and laws that “do not work.” The advantage of this research is that it allowed for the comparison of the impact of multiple laws at the same time, enabling us to obtain a sense of what laws appear to be most strongly associated with lower rates of firearm homicide. 

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