Easy access to guns gives a single, hate-filled individual the means to shatter numerous lives and whole communities.
The vast majority of reported hate crimes are directed against people of color, religious minorities, and LGBTQ people.
Among reported hate crimes, racially motivated crime is the most common.
It is too easy for people who shouldn’t have guns—including people with felony convictions, domestic abusers, and fugitives—to buy them, but this is especially true when it comes to hate crimes.
Under current federal law, a violent or threatening hate crime misdemeanor conviction does not prohibit someone from buying or having a gun.
Recognizing the role that guns play in hate crimes can prevent future tragedies and incidents of gun violence that happen each day.
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