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Gun Deaths Surpass Motor Vehicle Deaths in 21 States and the District of Columbia

Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, a new analysis from the VPC finds. This is the fifth edition of the VPC report comparing gun deaths to motor vehicle deaths by state. The number of states where gun deaths exceed motor vehicle deaths has increased from just 10 states in 2009 to 21 states in 2014. More>>


VPC Study, Bullet Buttons: The Gun Industry’s Attack on California’s Assault Weapons Ban, Details How Gunmakers Circumvent California’s Assault Weapons Law

In 2012, a VPC study warned of the threat posed by “bullet button” assault weapons.  According to reports, the attackers in the San Bernardino, California shooting used assault rifles equipped with “bullet buttons,” a minor design feature that, because of a definitional loophole, allows gunmakers to circumvent the state’s assault weapons ban. More>>




More than 800 Deaths At the Hands of Concealed Carry Killers Since 2007, VPC Research Shows

Concealed handgun permit holders are responsible for at least 849 deaths not involving self defense since 2007, including 29 mass shootings that killed 139 people, ongoing research from the VPC finds. Since there is no comprehensive recordkeeping of fatal incidents perpetrated by concealed carry permit holders, this tally most likely represents a small fraction of the actual total. More>>