September Thesis Update (on Oct. 1)

Hi everyone! My main thesis work this past month has consisted of some paper writing and reshaping. My advisor, Joel Schwartz, has suggested that I focus on the multiplicity of opinions of Federal Firearms Licensees in Virginia. Thus, I am structuring the paper in three main parts: introduction/literature review, presentation of my survey research, and…
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A Vacation from Firearms Trafficking and Beginning the Writing Process

Hey guys, This is an an update on where I am regarding my research into firearms trafficking and the summer! First things first.


Virginia Firearms Trafficking Research Update

Hey guys, I have now attended two gun shows, one in Chantilly–the Nation’s Gun Show– and one in Harrisonburg. Both shows were great learning experiences in their own right. The Chantilly gun show was a bit intimidating, as I had not yet had direct contact with any firearms dealers and had never been to a…
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Focus on Illegal Firearms Trafficking in Virginia

Hi guys! This is going to be a brief post, as I just want to update you all about the direction that my research is taking as I narrow the scope of my inquiry into Virginia’s gun markets. I am going to focus on policy solutions for illegal firearms trafficking from Virginia. Several studies have…
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Abstract: Firearms in Virginia: Policy, Practice, and Ideology

“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.” – Barrack Obama