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Gun Violence Trends
Although the violent crime rate in the U.S. has generally decreased over the past 15 years, the gun homicide rate has hardly changed—and there is some evidence that non-fatal shootings may have actually increased.
Americans are 25 times more likely to be shot and killed with guns than people in other developed countries. This uniquely American problem can be addressed by evidenced-policies that have been shown to reduce crime, prevent gun violence, and save lives. By researching the patterns in gun violence in America and the holes in our laws that continue to allow dangerous people to get guns, we can further develop and improve the policies that will help save lives.
“Concealed carry reciprocity” would override state standards for the carrying of concealed, loaded handguns. Legislation before Congress (H.R. 38 and S.446) would not create a national standard—but instead would force each state to accept the standards of all other states, including those with much lower or even no standards at all.
Original research by Everytown for Gun Safety shows that people subject to final domestic abuse protective orders in Rhode Island are rarely required to turn in their guns, even when they are prohibited from firearm possession by federal law and there is evidence they have access to guns and pose a serious risk to their victims.