Homeland Security and Public Safety


RAND conducts analyses and makes recommendations to strengthen the U.S. Department of Homeland Security across its full set of missions to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage America's borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard and secure cyberspace, and strengthen preparedness and resilience. In the area of public safety, RAND research addresses drug policy, crime, prison reform, and prisoner reentry, and other topics.

  • A open door of a safe showing a hand gun stored inside. Photo by Creatas / Getty Images


    Personal Firearm Storage in the United States

    Jul 11, 2022

    Public health and gun rights advocates agree that gun owners should store their firearms in a manner that prevents unauthorized individuals from accessing them. This essay discusses what is meant by safe firearm storage and provides estimates of U.S. gun owners' storage practices from nationally and state-representative surveys.

  • Painted stones are placed at a memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, July 13, 2022, photo by Kaylee Greenlee Beal/Reuters


    A Toolkit for Avoiding Mass Shootings

    Jul 14, 2022

    RAND has developed an online educational toolkit to provide practical strategies and guidance on deterring, mitigating, and responding to mass attacks. Research highlights three top ways to mitigate and/or respond to mass attacks right now: through proactive prevention, relentless follow-up, and diligent preparation and training.

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