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Gun Violence and Libraries: Statistics and Research on Gun Violence

Resources for libraries on addressing policies, education, and training on gun violence.


Note: The intent of this page is to provide a roadmap to resources--statistics, web sites, and published media on issues of gun control.  The ALA Library has the same access to these materials as would any member of the library public, as we do not collect in this area.  Individual libraries may have additional published resources or access to the subscription databases mentioned to further support research or to assist guiding local library users to these materials.


The databases listed below are the common ones with indexed content that would include firearms issues.  The links go to the descriptive page; contact your local library reference staff for information on access.

Some search terms to try when searching databases for this topic:

  • Assault weapons
  • Background checks
  • Concealed carry laws
  • Federal Assault Weapon Ban
  • Firearm background checks
  • Firearm legislation
  • Firearms
  • Firearms and crime
  • Firearms ownership -- United States
  • Gun control
  • Gun control policy
  • Gun rights
  • Gun violence
  • Handgun control
  • School shootings
  • Second amendment rights
  • Stand Your Ground

Websites and Advocacy Organizations


Using published reviews from both Booklist and Choice, along with suggested titles from other sources, we have compiled an OCLC Worldcat list on Gun control.  Those titles on the list with reviews in those two sources are so indicated; the other material has not been consulted but has been included based on publisher description and currency.  The list includes titles intended for high school and older. 

Entries link to the WorldCat record for the print title in most cases.

Search terms that might be used in local catalogs include:

  • Arms sales
  • Assault weapons--Law and legislation
  • Concealed carry of firearms
  • Concealed carry of firearms--Law and legislation
  • Firearms
  • Firearms and crime--United States
  • Firearms--Law and legislation
  • Firearms ownership
  • Gun control--United States
  • Mass shootings
  • School shootings
  • United States. Constitution. 2nd Amendment
  • Violent crimes

Research on Incidence

Government Resources

Congressional Research Service reports

Public Opinion