Reports

The following is a list of reports issued by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund):

Utilizing the Buyer Power Strategy to Reform the Gun Industry

As major purchasers of firearms for law enforcement, U.S. cities have significant "buyer power" they can use to leverage change in the gun industry. "Countermarketing" is an exciting and novel strategy to curb the flow of illegally trafficked firearms. Read the Ed Fund's 2011 report, "Utilizing the Buyer Power Strategy to Reform the Gun Industry," to learn more.



Microstamping Technology: Precise and Proven

"Microstamping Technology: Precise and Proven" is a 2008 report from the Ed Fund that examines the latest evolution in ballistics identification. Microstamping technology makes microscopic engravings on cartridge casings that can identify a firearm, making it an invaluable crime-solving tool.



Licensing Access to Handguns

"Licensing Access to Handguns" is a 2002 report from the Ed Fund that argues that an "effective licensing system will prevent the vast majority of unqualified applicants from gaining access to handguns," thereby reducing gun violence in the United States.



Killing Machines: The Case for Banning Assault Weapons

"Killing Machines: The Case for Banning Assault Weapons" is a 2003 report from the Ed Fund that advocates for the renewal of the federal ban on semiautomatic military-style rifles that was in place from 1994-2004. The law also prohibited high-capacity ammunition magazines.



Extending Criminal Background Check to All Gun Sales

This 2002 report from the Ed Fund, titled "Extending Criminal Background Check to All Gun Sales," argues that such a federal policy would be "an effective and efficient solution to the continued widespread sale of guns to prohibited purchasers" in the United States.



Debunking a Myth: The Gun Lobby’s Claim that Less Than 1% of Crime Guns Come From Gun Shows

In this 2007 report, "Debunking a Myth: The Gun Lobby’s Claim that Less Than 1% of Crime Guns Come from Gun Shows," the Ed Fund exposes the gun lobby's facetious claims about these events, arguing that policy makers should rely instead on scientific analysis of trace data.



Cracking the Case: The Crime-Solving Promise of Ballistic Identification

"Cracking the Case: The Crime-Solving Promise of Ballistic Identification" is a 2004 report from the Ed Fund highlights the evolution of technology in this area. Microstamping technology, which makes microscopic engraving on cartridge casings that can identify firearms, is highlighted.



America’s Gun Shows

"America's Gun Shows: Open Markets for Criminals" is a 2007 report from the Ed Fund that examines the extent of criminal activity at these events. After examining available research, the report concludes that "until...basic reforms are implemented, criminals and other prohibited purchasers will continue to be able to acquire firearms at America’s gun shows 'cash and carry, no questions asked.'"