What are the Most Effective Policies in Reducing Gun Homocides?

17 states require gun relinquishment for people under domestic violence restraining orders. If all 50 states did 120 lives would be saved every year. 9 states have "may issue" laws that give authorities some (vs. none) discretion in issuing concealed carry permits. If all 50 states did 885 lives would be saved.

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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