In the states that require background checks for all handgun sales, there are lower rates of gun violence across a variety of groups: 47 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners, 53 percent fewer law enforcement officers are shot to death in the line of duty with guns that are not their own, and 48 percent less gun trafficking in their cities. The system works: since 1998, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has blocked more than 2.5 million attempted purchases by dangerous people who are prohibited from buying guns. But in order to make all Americans safer, federal law should require background checks for all gun sales.

States must also submit all missing mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Everytown has documented states’ failures to submit hundreds of thousands of missing mental health records to the background check system, and identified steps they can take to close these gaps.

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2013 State by State Support for Background Checks

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

In early 2013, Douglas Schoen LLC conducted polls on behalf of Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 21 states and in 41 Congressional districts–all of which showed that likely voters overwhelmingly support background checks for all gun sales.

Background Checks Prevent Gun Violence and Save Lives

Background checks are the single most effective way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and save lives. Learn more about the system and how it works to stop dangerous people from getting guns.

Gun Violence and Background Checks in Maine

Loopholes in the law make it easy for dangerous people in Maine to get guns, resulting in needless violence—from deadly domestic abuse to suicide and school shootings. Research shows that common-sense public safety laws reduce gun violence and save lives.

2013 National Poll of Voters' Attitudes Toward Common-Sense Gun Laws

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Following the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, Douglas Schoen LLC conducted a national survey on behalf of Mayors Against Illegal Guns to test voters’ attitudes toward a variety of gun violence prevention policies proposed by state and federal officials.

Licensed Gun Dealers in Oregon

94.6% of Oregon residents live within 10 miles of a federally licensed gun dealer capable of running a background check. Find the dealer nearest to you using the searchable map below.

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