The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence maintains the most comprehensive information on U.S. firearms regulation anywhere, including in-depth summaries of federal and state firearms laws and policies nationwide. The Law Center tracks information on critical topics like background checks, assault weapons and machine guns, who can carry guns and where they can be carried, domestic violence restrictions, and mental health reporting. Search our firearms law database to find the laws on the books in your state or use our fifty-state comparisons to see the trends in gun laws across the nation.


District Court Strikes Down Washington, D.C. Ban on Public Carrying of Handguns

District Court Strikes Down Washington, D.C. Ban on Public Carrying of Handguns

For many years, the District of Columbia prohibited individuals from carrying handguns in public...READ MORE

The Commonsense Gun Laws Partnership: A Collaboration Dedicated to Preventing Gun Violence

The Commonsense Gun Laws Partnership: A Collaboration Dedicated to Preventing Gun Violence

Earlier this year, we announced an exciting new partnership between the Law Center and American...READ MORE

Victory in California: Governor Brown Signs Two New Gun Safety Bills

Victory in California: Governor Brown Signs Two New Gun Safety Bills

On Friday, July 22, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two important gun safety bills into law, ...READ MORE

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