Violence Policy Center

The Violence Policy Center is a national tax-exempt educational organization working for a safer America through research, investigation, analysis, and advocacy. The VPC provides information to policymakers, journalists, organizations, advocates, and the general public.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Mexican Gun Traffickers Buy Military-Style Weapons in U.S., New Study Shows
U.S. court records from southwestern states clearly show that illegal gun traffickers involved in smuggling firearms to Mexico seek semiautomatic assault weapons, armor-piercing handguns, and 50 caliber anti-armor sniper rifles from U.S. gun shops according to a new report released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). For its investigation, the VPC obtained records filed in 21 federal firearms smuggling prosecutions in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas between February 2006 and February 2009.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
President Can Use Current Law to Help Stop Assault Weapon Flow to Mexico, New Study Says
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released Iron River: Gun Violence and Illegal Firearms Trafficking on the U.S.-Mexico Border , a comprehensive study of how the U.S. civilian firearms market contributes to the ongoing drug-related violence in Mexico. The report urges the Obama administration to take immediate action under the federal 1968 Gun Control Act to cut off imports into the U.S.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
US Can Act Immediately to Halt Import of AK-47 Assault Rifles Fueling Gun Violence on US/Mexico Border, VPC Tells Congress
The Obama Administration could act immediately to stop the import into the U.S. of AK-47-type assault rifles that have become one of the favored weapons of Mexican drug cartels, Violence Policy Center (VPC) Legislative Director Kristen Rand told a Congressional subcommittee today. For a copy of Rand's testimony, please see http://www.vpc.org/randtestify.pdf .
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Gun Industry Feeds Violence on U.S./Mexico Border, Violence Policy Center Tells Congress
Weak regulation of the U.S. civilian gun market and the gun industry’s focus on increasingly lethal military-style firearms have combined to fuel the drug war in Mexico and violence in the United States, Violence Policy Center (VPC) Senior Policy Analyst Tom Diaz told a Congressional subcommittee today. For a copy of Diaz's testimony, please see http://www.vpc.org/ diaztestify.pdf .
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