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What Research Shows on the Effectiveness of Gun-control Laws

Proposed gun laws may not stop mass shootings but could lessen their severity

“When we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings went down. When the law expired, mass shootings tripled.”

— President Joe Biden, addressing the mass shooting in Uvalde, Tex., May 24

"There are, quote, 'real' gun laws in New York. There are 'real' gun laws in California. I hate to say this, but there are more people who were shot every weekend in Chicago than there are in schools in Texas."

— Tex. Governor Greg Abbott (R), on the mass shooting, May 25

Democrats and Republicans will forever argue about the effectiveness of gun laws to prevent mass shootings. But what does the latest academic research show? The short answer is many proposed laws probably would not have much impact on curbing the mass shootings that dominate the news. But they could lessen their severity, and might also bring down overall gun violence.

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