Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
268 Bush Street #555
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.433.2062 Phone | 415.433.3357 Fax
For journalists needing information on our nation’s gun laws, please call the number above or email us at [email protected].
For activists and public officials working for state and local solutions to prevent gun violence, please request assistance here.
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For more information about your membership, volunteer and pro bono opportunities, or upcoming events, please call the number above or email us at [email protected].
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Legal Community Against Violence) is a national law center focused on providing comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention and the promotion of smart gun laws that save lives. As a nonprofit organization founded by attorneys, we remain dedicated to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence through educating the public, free of charge, on America’s gun laws and the solutions that will reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
To reduce the immense loss of life due to gun violence in this country, we need laws and policies that work. By acting as the most trusted resource of expertise and information on America’s gun laws, we are able to influence firearm policy and legislation that keeps our friends, family, and neighbors safe from gun violence.
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence provides critical support for the enactment of effective and defensible legislation at the state and local levels. Strong state and local measures address concerns of specific communities and regions, improve community health and safety, fill gaps in federal policy, and act as a catalyst for the broader reforms our country needs. By supporting state and local reform, we put our resources where we can have the greatest impact and meet the greatest need.
Since the landmark Supreme Court decision in Heller v. District of Columbia in 2008 that redefined the Second Amendment, we have tracked all Second Amendment legislation and litigation nationwide. We provide information and support to cities and states facing challenges through maintenance of a brief bank, pro bono research and support, and amicus briefing.
Community education and action are also critical to achieving smart gun laws and policies. By making complex legal and policy issues understandable, conducting legal research, analyzing existing and emerging policy strategies, and generating model regulations, we educate communities, and empower governments to pursue effective measures that are legally defensible.
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence exists because we believe that none of us has to live in a society where so many lives are lost to gunfire. We all deserve to live in communities free from the fear and threat of gun violence. We can protect everyone’s Second Amendment rights AND enact smart laws that will reduce death and injury from firearms. We know it’s possible, and we know how to do it.
With your support – together – we can save lives.
What We Do
Accessible, accurate, online information – We provide extensive, in-depth summaries of federal, state, and local firearm laws and policies. The most comprehensive resource for information on U.S. firearms regulation, we supply the foremost information and analysis on the Second Amendment, as well as detailed statistics, study findings, and polling in support of strong gun regulation.
Outreach and education – The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence produces reports and analyses concerning gun-related legal issues, model laws and other training materials, and provides legal experts to speak at seminars, conferences, and other meetings of public officials, the media, and allied organizations in the gun violence prevention movement.
Media – Journalists trust us to supply them the legal background on gun policy issues and the legal aspects of the gun policy debate. In turn, we inject legal expertise into the media’s coverage of public policy debates concerning gun violence. Using interviews, op-eds and press releases, we contribute the legal perspective, emphasizing that effective gun laws enhance public safety.
Workshops and training – Our staff present workshops for public officials, public health professionals, violence prevention activists, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and other community leaders. We use our workshops to advance understanding of the effectiveness of smart gun laws and promising approaches to gun regulation.
Legal research and analysis – Our staff attorneys provide data and analysis to support the adoption, enforcement, and defense of violence prevention measures. We help ensure that all viable options are considered and that the measures taken will withstand scrutiny if they are challenged in court.
Model Laws – Our legal team creates, adapts, and disseminates gun regulations that serve as model laws across the country. Our model laws are a starting point from which state legislation can be drafted, reviewed, debated and ultimately adopted. We also help state and local governments review their gun laws and draft new regulations.
Pro bono representation – We work with attorneys across the country interested in supporting our cause on range of projects, from small research issues up to Supreme Court amicus briefs and direct pro bono representation of local governments facing challenges to gun regulations.
Coalition building and collaboration – As the most relied upon source of legal expertise in the gun violence prevention movement, we work with allied organizations to secure sound gun policies. We enlist the support and participation of the national legal community to stem gun violence in our cities and towns.
In the legislative process – As a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is invited by legislators to testify at state and local legislative hearings examining proposed violence prevention measures. We also provide advice and comment to help legislators and their staff formulate and implement new laws.
In the courts – Our staff and volunteer attorneys coordinate the filing of amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs in which interested parties such as cities, counties, law enforcement and community organizations take a position on crucial legal issues affecting state and local gun regulation.
Our work is dedicated to the victims of the shooting at 101 California Street, San Francisco, on July 1, 1993, and to their families.
In Memory of:
Brian Berger – Allen J. Berk – Jack Berman – Deborah Fogel – Donald “Mike” Merrill
Shirley R. Mooser – John C. Scully – Jody Jones Sposato – David Sutcliffe
Over the last two decades, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has grown to become the leading resource on firearms law and policy in the United States.
On July 1, 1993, an assault weapon rampage at a law firm at 101 California Street in San Francisco ended with eight dead — in addition to the shooter — and six wounded. This horrific act was felt throughout Bay Area communities, but none more so than within the legal community. Within days of the shooting, Bay Area lawyers responded by forming the organization Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV).
One of LCAV’s first projects was to mobilize the Bay Area legal community to support enactment of the 1994 federal assault weapon ban. We then concentrated our efforts on California, providing legal assistance to California communities seeking to adopt and defend local gun regulations. Our services contributed to the adoption of hundreds of California firearms ordinances, many of which inspired state legislation that now places California at the forefront of gun policy reform. We learned that we could make the greatest difference and meet the greatest need by working at the state and local level.
In 1999, in response to requests from communities outside California, we extended our services to include free nationwide assistance to advocates and community leaders working to prevent gun violence. We continue to document a tremendous need for legal information and assistance to support the efforts of public officials, law enforcement, and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia who are seeking local or statewide policy reform. In June of 2012, our Board of Directors and staff unveiled the new name for our organization: Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, to better reflect the breadth and scope of our work.
As the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, we continue to provide in-depth summaries of federal, state and local firearms laws and policies. We also make available detailed gun violence prevention research and analysis, including publications and reports on legislative trends, materials that thoroughly examine current Second Amendment litigation, model laws, and statistics, study findings, and polling to bolster the arguments in favor of strong gun laws.
We invite you to join us. Together we can save lives.