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John Anthony "Jack" Kappelman

PhD Student, UCLA Department of Political Science

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My name is Jack Kappelman and I am a PhD student at UCLA in the Department of Political Science, where I study American Politics and Methodology. My broad research interests are in representation, political behavior, and public policy in state and local governments in the United States. Much of my research has centered on studying the politics of firearm ownership, ranging from studies of firearm-based violence and suicide, policies to reduce gun violence, and the politics of gun ownership and firearm purchasing behavior. My ongoing work examines the effects of mass shootings on legislative behavior, and how firearms sales respond to the election of Democrats to executive office, political shocks, and other exogenous events

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