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The Future of Gun Policy and the Second Amendment in the United States
June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC
The debate over gun policy in the United States has waxed and waned over the years, stirred by a rise in mass shooting. As of April 29, there have been 197 mass shootings (with 4 or more shot) in the US in 2021. Gun ownership is also on the rise, with nearly 5 million Americans purchasing a firearm for the first time in 2020, many stating they were motivated by calls for reduced police funding and personnel, the release of prisoners during COVID-19, increased wait times for emergency services, and civil unrest including riots and protests, and were seeking options for self-defense. 58 percent of firearm purchases were among African American men and women, the largest increase of any demographic group. Women comprised 40 percent of first-time gun purchasers.
Join us for this important discussion on what the future of gun policy and the 2nd Amendment will be in the United States, from a policy, constitutional, and legal perspective. Our panel includes Hannah Shearer, Litigation Director for the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA, and Rosanna Smart, an Economist at RAND, co-author of The Science of Gun Policy.