Presentation Title

Working to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States: The Role of Policy and Advocacy

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

April 2020

Major Field of Study

Global Public Health

Second Major

Political Science

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Patti Culross, MD, MPH and Alison Howard, MA

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

There are several laws in place regarding the legal purchase and possession of firearms in the United States (Giffords Law Center, 2020). There are also laws regarding the prohibited purchase and possession of firearms (Giffords Law Center, 2020). Yet, prohibited persons purchase and possess firearms regularly (Giffords Law Center, 2020). This happens because there are loopholes in the law (Brady United, 2020). For example, federal law requires background checks for gun purchases from licensed firearm dealers, but not at gun shows where sellers may not be licensed. This means that a felon (prohibited purchaser and possessor) buying a gun from a gun show that doesn’t require a background check is a loophole in the background check law. The felon gets the gun despite the prohibition because there is no background check required in this setting. (Giffords Law Center, 2020). The consequences to these loopholes are that prohibited persons have access to firearms. Many times, these guns are used in crimes (Giffords Law Center, 2020).

This study will analyze how prohibited persons obtain firearms and research effective policies to prevent the prohibited purchase and possession of firearms in the United States, to gain insight on strategies to reduce gun violence in America.

The study will examine both policy and advocacy strategies through interviews with individuals involved with proposing and writing laws as well as those looking to build political will for effect. This thesis asks the following research question: what policy strategies are effective in preventing the prohibited purchase and possession of firearms?

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This presentation was accepted for the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference at Dominican University of California. The Conference was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Working to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States: The Role of Policy and Advocacy

There are several laws in place regarding the legal purchase and possession of firearms in the United States (Giffords Law Center, 2020). There are also laws regarding the prohibited purchase and possession of firearms (Giffords Law Center, 2020). Yet, prohibited persons purchase and possess firearms regularly (Giffords Law Center, 2020). This happens because there are loopholes in the law (Brady United, 2020). For example, federal law requires background checks for gun purchases from licensed firearm dealers, but not at gun shows where sellers may not be licensed. This means that a felon (prohibited purchaser and possessor) buying a gun from a gun show that doesn’t require a background check is a loophole in the background check law. The felon gets the gun despite the prohibition because there is no background check required in this setting. (Giffords Law Center, 2020). The consequences to these loopholes are that prohibited persons have access to firearms. Many times, these guns are used in crimes (Giffords Law Center, 2020).

This study will analyze how prohibited persons obtain firearms and research effective policies to prevent the prohibited purchase and possession of firearms in the United States, to gain insight on strategies to reduce gun violence in America.

The study will examine both policy and advocacy strategies through interviews with individuals involved with proposing and writing laws as well as those looking to build political will for effect. This thesis asks the following research question: what policy strategies are effective in preventing the prohibited purchase and possession of firearms?