Gun Law Factsheets

Educating lawmakers and the public on the scope of the gun violence epidemic, the ins and outs of existing gun laws, and the proven solutions to this uniquely American crisis is critical to the Law Center’s mission to save lives.

Our legal experts track and analyze every piece of gun legislation presented in every state, every year, and have unmatched insight into what works, what doesn’t, and what’s trending among both gun violence prevention advocates and the gun-industry backed lobbyists seeking to profit at the expense of public safety.

While more comprehensive resources can be found on our policy pages and in our extensive collection of reports, toolkits, and publications, our attorneys have distilled critical information about America’s firearms laws and the most effective solutions to gun violence into a suite of printer-friendly factsheets.

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General Information


About ARS & the Law Center

Facts about Gun Violence

Smart Gun Laws & the Constitution

Local Authority & Preemption
50-State Factsheets 50-State Gun Law Summary (2016)

Access to Firearms


Child Access Prevention

Gun Deaths & Mental Illness

The Truth About Guns & Suicide

Closing the Terror Gap

Background Checks


The Background Check Loophole
NICS one-pager NICS & Public Safety
Background Checks on All Gun Sales Background Checks on All Gun Sales
Licensing Factsheet Licensing of Gun Owners

Ammo Background Checks

Domestic Violence


Guns & Domestic Violence

The Intersection of Guns & DV

DV Problems & Solutions

DV Laws 50 State Summary (2014)

Guns in Public

Mandated Concealed Carry

Permitless Concealed Carry

Stand Your Ground Laws

Guns in Schools
Guns in Public Places one-pager Guns in Public Places

Gun Violence Protection Orders

About GVPO
GVPO Overview
GVPO FAQGVPO FAQ
GVPO MessagingGVPO: Empowering Families

Hardware & Technology


The Dangers of Silencers

Preventing Unauthorized Use

Solving Gun Crimes

Large Capacity Magazines

Military-Style Weapons

Sales & Trafficking

Fixing the Default Proceed Flaw

Reducing Gun Trafficking
Dealer Regs and Licensing Gun Dealer Regulations

Waiting Periods