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This report, part of RAND's Gun Policy in America project, presents a collection of essays that synthesize the available scientific data on topics pertinent to firearm policy in the United States. In particular, the authors examine mass shootings, firearm and ammunition taxes, the effects of the 1996 National Firearms Agreement in Australia, whether mental illness is a risk factor for gun violence, and law enforcement approaches to reduce community gun violence.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Mass Shootings in the United States

    Rosanna Smart and Terry L. Schell

  • Chapter Two

    Firearm and Ammunition Taxes

    Rosanna Smart

  • Chapter Three

    The Effects of the 1996 National Firearms Agreement in Australia on Suicide, Homicide, and Mass Shootings

    Rajeev Ramchand and Jessica Saunders

  • Chapter Four

    Is Mental Illness a Risk Factor for Gun Violence?

    Rajeev Ramchand and Lynsay Ayer

  • Chapter Five

    Law Enforcement Approaches to Reduce Community Gun Violence

    Samuel Peterson and Shawn Bushway

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