VPC Backgrounder on AK-74 Assault Rifle Used in Dallas

July 13, 2016—Numerous news reports now state that the weapon used in the Dallas police shooting last week was a Saiga AK-74 assault rifle. Today, the VPC released a backgrounder on the Saiga AK-74 as well as key points about assault weapons and what makes them different from standard hunting and sporting firearms. More>>


More than 50,000 Hispanics Killed With Guns in U.S. Since 1999, Study Finds

More than 50,000 Hispanics were killed with guns in the United States from 1999 through 2014, with an average of more than 3,100 gun deaths per year, according to a new study by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). More>>


VPC Statement on California Banning Bullet-Button Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines

July 1, 2016—Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a series of gun violence prevention initiatives, including a ban on bullet-button assault weapons. The VPC was the first to identify the threat posed by bullet-button assault weapons in 2012 in its study Bullet Buttons: The Gun Industry’s Attack on California’s Assault Weapons Ban. More>>