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    Informing the Gun Policy Debate

    Mar 2, 2018

    RAND's Gun Policy in America initiative provides information on what scientific research can tell us about the effects of gun laws. Our goal is to establish a shared set of facts that will improve public discussions and support the development of fair and effective gun policies.

  • Map of U.S. showing changes in gun law implementation over time

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    State Firearm Law Navigator

    Oct 10, 2019

    Research on the effects of gun laws requires good data on when and where different types of laws have been implemented. The State Firearm Law Navigator shows which states since 1979 have enacted four types of laws: background checks, concealed-carry, stand-your-ground laws, and child-access prevention laws.

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    Sierra Smucker

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public policy analysis, Duke University; M.Sc. in social policy research, London School of Economics

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    Danielle Sobol

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in international development practice, Columbia University; B.A. in history, The University of Wisconsin - Madison

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    Samuel Peterson

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in criminal justice, University of Cincinnati

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    Sarah Zelazny

    Policy Analyst
    Education B.A. in sociology, Clarion University of Penn; M.P.H. in behavioral and comm health sciences, University of Pittsburgh

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    Jamie Ryan

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in health policy, Columbia University; B.S. in biopsychology, Tufts University