Fatal Gaps: How the Virginia Tech Shooting Prompted Changes in State Mental Health Records Reporting

In the wake of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, lawmakers took action to close the fatal gaps in mental health records reporting that undermine the background check system and threaten the safety of Americans.

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Fatal Gaps

Background checks will only be effective if states submit the hundreds of thousands of mental health records still missing from the system. See how many mental health records your state has submitted.

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Oregon Law Enforcement Deaths and Illegal Guns

An Everytown for Gun Safety analysis of FBI data over the last 30 years shows that more than half of Oregon police officers shot to death with guns that were not their own were killed by people who were likely barred from possessing firearms.

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Gun Violence and Background Checks in Minnesota

This fact sheet brings together the findings of Everytown for Gun Safety’s original investigations and analyses of relevant law enforcement and public health data to illuminate gun violence and crime trends of the illegal gun market in Minnesota.

Washington Law Enforcement Deaths and Illegal Guns

An Everytown for Gun Safety 2014 analysis of FBI data shows that nearly two-thirds of Washington State police officers shot to death over the last 30 years were killed by people who were barred from possessing firearms.

Also featured in:  Gun Violence Trends  

Gun Violence and Background Checks in New Mexico

Loopholes in the law make it easy for dangerous people in New Mexico to get guns sold by unlicensed sellers, contributing to preventable violence — from mass shootings to deadly domestic abuse to suicides to shootings of law enforcement officers.