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CURRENT NEWS ABOUT YOUR TOPIC

gun violence laws - Google News
HELPFUL RESOURCES
PRO/CON - website with information about both sides of a debate about concealed weapons: http://concealedguns.procon.org/

INTEREST GROUPS

You are welcome to look for other groups - this list may help you get started.
Violence Policy Center (VPC)
National Rifle Association and NRA Data (concealed weapons)
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Brady Center Data (concealed weapons)

HELPFUL RESOURCES
Public Opinion Poll - Gallup

Map of Concealed Weapons Laws
Explanation of "Shall Issue" and "May Issue" definitions
Newspaper article - looser gun laws

Gun violence statistics: http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/
FBI: Background checks: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics
Article about gun violence in the US: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jan/10/gun-crime-us-state

Gun ownership/restrictions in Europe compared to US: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1885130,00.html
Comparing firearm deaths in US, Europe, and Japan (1st paragraph): http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1214


STATISTICS/OPINION POLLS
A number of questions about gun violence/gun control - please look for question(s) that best fit your topic and are current: http://www.pollingreport.com/guns.htm
Public Opinion Poll - Gallup

Map of Concealed Weapons Laws
Explanation of "Shall Issue" and "May Issue" definitions
Public opinion poll - Pew Research (top of page): http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1212/abortion-gun-control-opinion-gender-gap

JUDICIAL BRANCH

Suggested case for you to review:
District of Columbia v. Heller - link 1, link 2 (video source)

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

2 federal laws passed in 1994 :
Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (aka Brady Bill) - also listen/read this NPR story on Brady Handgun Bill (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1040758)

Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (aka Assault Weapons Ban)
link for both:http://www.infoplease.com/spot/guntime1.html

Arizona Laws - (relevant for shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others): http://www.npr.org/2011/01/10/132801364/arizona-gun-laws-among-most-lenient-in-u-s

Pennsylvania Castle Doctrine - http://articles.mcall.com/2011-06-21/news/mc-pa-castle-doctrine-analysis-20110621_1_gun-violence-max-nacheman-gun-bill

Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act - (look also for links at the bottom of the page)
Another link for this legislation here.









































EXECUTIVE BRANCH

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

Another executive branch office, the Justice Department, keeps statistical data related to your topic. Please click on this link and this link to learn more about gun violence in the US.