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Five Publications Every Advocate Needs

  1. American Rifleman magazine, National Rifle Association of America.

    This is the monthly magazine of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA). It is a key reference for this pro-gun organization's legislative and outreach activities on the federal, state, and local levels.

    This magazine is included with NRA membership dues which are $35.00 a year. For an extra $15.00 members can also order American Guardian magazine which focuses on self-protection issues and marketing to women and youth. Call the National Rifle Association at 1-800-672-3888 or write to the NRA at 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030.

  2. Cease Fire: A Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Firearms Violence, Josh Sugarmann and Kristen Rand, Violence Policy Center, Washington, DC, 1998, 82 pages.

    This publication, originally published in 1994 and revised and reprinted in 1998, provides an overview of: firearms violence as a public health crisis; the firearms industry; and, guns as consumer products. Several appendices include: a fact sheet on the Second Amendment; voting charts that detail key gun control votes of Congress; the role of the tort system; and, a guide to organizations on both sides of the gun control debate.

    This publication is $6.50, including shipping and handling. Call the Violence Policy Center (VPC) at (202) 822-8200 or write to the VPC at 1350 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 825, Washington, DC 20036. A copy of the VPC publications list will be included upon request. Follow this link to view the study's executive summary.

  3. Crime in the United States, Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) releases an updated version of Crime in the United States every year. This publication compiles data on reported crimes from city, county, and state law enforcement agencies. (State uniform crime reporting agencies are listed at the back of the publication, and they can be contacted for state-specific information.) The section on murder breaks down homicides by: sex; age; race; victim/offender relationship; circumstance; weapon type; and, firearm type. Tables recording rates of violent crime by city, county, and state are also included.

    This publication is $32.00, including shipping and handling, and can be ordered with a credit card or be prepaid by check or money order. Call the Government Printing Office bookstore at (202) 512-1800 or write to the Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. This publication is also often available in libraries.

  4. Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide and Firearms State Laws and Published Ordinances, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

    The Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide contains the full text of all federal firearms laws and regulations including The Gun Control Act of 1968, The National Firearms Act, as well as dealer regulations for the sale and transfer of firearms. There is also a useful question and answer section in the back of the publication.

    The Firearms State Laws and Published Ordinances contains the full text of almost all state and local firearms laws and ordinances. This publication also includes a "Ready Reference Table" of certain state laws, a list of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Regulatory Enforcement Area Offices, and a listing of State Attorneys General.

    These publications are free. Call the ATF Distribution Center at (703) 455-7801 or write to the ATF Distribution Center, P.O. Box 5950, Springfield, VA 22150.

  5. Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

    This book comes out every year around November. It contains statistical information about crime and criminal justice in the United States from a wide variety of sources. Everything from nationwide public opinion polls on various gun control policies to statistics on firearms victimization are included. Be sure to look up the word GUNS in the index at the back of the book�it's very useful.

    This publication is free, but there is a $6.00 postage and handling charge which must be prepaid. Call the National Criminal Justice Reference Services (NCJRS) at 1-800-732-3277. Ask to be placed on the NCJRS mailing list for information about all of their publications, most of which are free.

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   Five Publications Every
   Advocate Needs

   Firearms Violence - General
   Firearms Homicide
   Firearms Homicide and
   Domestic Violence
   Firearms Homicide in
   the Workplace
   Firearms Suicide

   Suicide Among Older

   Unintentional Firearm-Related
   Nonfatal Firearm-Related Injuries
   Costs of Firearms Violence
   Firearms and Crime
   Firearms Ownership,
   Concealed Carrying, and
   Self-Defense Use
   Firearms Industry - General
   Licensed Dealers

   Marketing Firearms to
   Women and Youth

   Appendix One: Groups
   and Organizations

   Appendix Two: Understanding
   and Using Statistics

All contents � 1998 Violence Policy Center