STATEMENT: Gun Violence Prevention Organizations React to DC Circuit Court Ruling about Carrying Loaded Guns in Public

WASHINGTON, DC —  A ruling announced this morning by the D.C. Circuit Court found that there is a broad right to carry loaded guns in public places and struck down the District’s concealed carry permitting regime. This ruling conflicts with previous rulings by several other Circuit courts, all of which have upheld strong concealed carry licensing regimes that are virtually identical to the District’s. The decision today was a divided 2-1 vote, with a dissent from a judge originally appointed to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan and elevated to the DC Circuit by George HW Bush. It is very likely that the District will ask for full court en banc review.

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and its partner organization the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following reaction:

Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence:

“By striking down Washington D.C.’s concealed-carry-licensing law, today’s decision from the D.C. Circuit undermines public safety and will prevent law enforcement from ensuring that those carrying hidden, loaded guns in the nation’s capital have good reason to do so. The decision is out-of-step not only with every other federal appeals court to consider the issue, but also with centuries of American tradition showing that reasonable gun regulations are fully consistent with the right to keep and bear arms.  And it stands in contrast to last month’s Supreme Court ruling that left in place the well-reasoned opinion from the Ninth Circuit, which upheld a California law indistinguishable from Washington’s.

“We are confident that the full D.C. Circuit will reconsider today’s 2-1 decision and reverse this outlier opinion, and we expect that the Supreme Court will allow D.C.’s commonsense concealed-carry law to stand, as it has done time and again with nearly identical laws. We look forward to working with the District to keep our nation’s capital safe and to overturning this radical decision.”

The Law Center joined an amicus brief coordinated by the Brady Center that defended the constitutionality of the District’s concealed carry regime and argues that this regime does not violate the Second Amendment. The brief also focused on the relevant evidence provided by social science research and the perspective of law enforcement with respect to the regulation of concealed carry in public places. The brief argued that there is a strong policy justification for a concealed carry permitting regime that requires applicants to demonstrate an elevated level of need before a permit may be issued. Read the full brief here.

To speak with a gun violence prevention expert, email [email protected].

 

RELEASE: Gun Violence Prevention Advocates Call On Connecticut Legislature To Continue Funding Project Longevity Program That Has Effectively Reduced Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, DC — As the Connecticut state budget deadline fast approaches, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and its partner organization the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, released a letter calling on Connecticut legislature to reauthorize funding for a local gun violence intervention program that has proven to reduce gun violence. The program, Project Longevity, has gained national attention for its effective strategies to reduce gun violence, and has become a national model of state-level support for evidence-based violence reduction strategies. The program, which was first launched in 2012, has helped reduce rates of gun violence by over 50 percent in urban areas of Connecticut.

“The gun violence intervention and prevention strategies supported by Project Longevity are an important part of Connecticut’s overall violence prevention portfolio,” said Mike McLively, Urban Gun Violence Initiative Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions. “By investing directly in evidence-based violence intervention programming, Connecticut has become a national leader and Project Longevity provides a model for other states. Now is certainly not the time to pull back on these strategies and I urge legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle to restore this critical funding source.”

Read the full letter here.

About The Success Of Project Longevity

Since it was first launched in 2012, Project Longevity has had an impressive impact on violent crime in Connecticut.

  • In the three Project Longevity cities, gun-related homicides have fallen more than 50% – from a combined 69 in 2011 to 32 in 2016.

  • In these cities, group-related shootings fell by more than 60% between 2011 and 2016.

  • In October 2015, a group of researchers from Yale University published a formal evaluation of the impact of the first 18 months of Project Longevity in New Haven, which showed a 21% decrease in total shootings per month, and an impressive 53% decrease in gang or group-related shootings per month that researchers found to be “directly attributable to” Project Longevity.

Speak with an Expert: For additional information on Project Longevity, or to be connected to a gun violence prevention expert, contact Sean Simons at [email protected]

New Report Highlights National Trends In State Gun Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC — As many state legislatures across the country wrap up their sessions for the year, a new report released today provides an analysis of the latest national trends in state firearms legislation. Released by Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and its partner organization the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Gun Law Trendwatch: 2017 Mid-Year Review documents a series of important, lifesaving legislative victories in states across the country. Trendwatch also details the ways in which the gun lobby is attempting to chip away at state gun laws by moving forward a deadly agenda to allow more guns in more places.

Thanks to the unyielding efforts of the gun violence prevention movement and groups like Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in the 2017 legislative cycle, legislators in 13 states rejected measures to allow guns on campus and legislators in 20 states defeated measures to allow guns in public without a permit. This success is further evidence that the gun violence prevention movement has maintained the historic momentum generated in response to the tragedy at Newtown. In fact, since 2013, 198 gun laws that make communities safer have been enacted across 45 states and DC.    

“While Washington continues to be stuck in the gun lobby’s grip, gun safety advocates are taking on the gun lobby’s dangerous agenda in states across the country and advancing bills that help protect families from gun violence and make our communities safer places to live, work, and play,” said Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Co-Founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions. “At a time when over 36,000 Americans are dying from gun violence every year, now is the time for lawmakers to come together, be responsible, and make our communities safer. Since the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, we’ve made a lot of progress on this issue, passing 198 responsible gun laws across 45 states. We look forward to continuing to work across the aisle to advance commonsense solutions that protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

The new report, Gun Law Trendwatch: 2017 Mid-Year Review, contains a roundup and analysis of firearms bills that have been introduced in states across the country, including:

  • Defeated Gun Lobby Bills. The gun lobby suffered numerous setbacks to its agenda this cycle. Legislators in 13 states rejected measures to allow guns on campus and legislators in 20 states defeated measures to allow guns in public without a permit. The gun lobby also failed to repeal background check laws in Washington, Nebraska, and Iowa.

  • New Gun Safety Laws. Americans for Responsible Solutions and other groups in the gun violence prevention movement worked to advance a series of smart gun laws. In Hawaii and Washington, we saw legislation that would strengthen the background check system. In Utah and Washington, we saw bills that will help reduce the epidemic of firearm suicide. Five states, including Maryland, New Jersey, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah, enacted legislation that combats the deadly nexus between gun violence and domestic violence.

  • New Gun Lobby Laws. This year’s legislative cycle saw very few victories for the gun lobby, and those primarily confined to states with already poor gun laws. Arkansas, New Hampshire, and North Dakota all passed laws to weaken concealed carry laws, while Texas and Tennessee passed legislation to weaken  silencer regulations. The gun lobby’s efforts to dismantle the laws regulating silencers and concealed carry mirror its efforts at the federal level.  Fortunately, this year advocates stopped many of the gun lobby’s dangerous bills from advancing.

“The gun violence prevention movement has had remarkable success passing lifesaving smart gun laws while blocking dangerous gun lobby measures,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Despite these major victories for public safety, there is still so much more that must be done to protect Americans and make our communities safer. With a handful of state legislatures still in session, we look forward to working with lawmakers and advocates to achieve additional legislative victories and continue fighting for the policies we know will save lives and protect our communities from the scourge of gun violence.”

Read the full report: Gun Law Trendwatch: A Roundup and Analysis of the Latest State Firearms Legislation

Second Amendment Experts Denounce Judge’s Delay of California Large Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban

Lifesaving Limit on Large-Capacity Magazines Passed with 63% of Vote as Part of November’s Prop 63 Ballot Measure

Gun Lobby Challenged Law in Multiple Districts—Only One Court Enjoined Law

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its partner organization Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, denounced a decision from the US District Court for the Southern District of California in Duncan v. Becerra. The more than 60-page opinion, written by Judge Roger Benitez, granted a motion by the California Rifle & Pistol Association, the state’s NRA chapter, for a preliminary injunction delaying the large-capacity magazine ban included in California’s Proposition 63, a package of lifesaving gun laws passed by voters with a two-to-one margin this past November.

Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence:

“When our attorneys drafted and helped pass Prop 63 last year, we knew that a gun lobby challenge was inevitable, because the law threatened to cut into gun industry profits. In fact, since the landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision DC v. Heller, the gun lobby and its allies have filed over 1000 challenges to smart gun laws on Second Amendment grounds—and lost 94% of them. We have every confidence that today’s flawed decision to block implementation of Prop 63’s limits on large capacity ammunition magazines will be quickly overturned by the Ninth Circuit, which has upheld similar policies at the local level, as have the Second, Fourth, Seventh, and DC Circuits. This specious lawsuit is merely a gun lobby delay tactic, and frankly an affront to the voters in California, who supported Prop 63 by a two-to-one margin because they know these commonsense policies will help keep our communities safer.”

Hannah Shearer, Second Amendment Litigation Director at the Law Center:

“Mass shooters, like the one at a UPS facility in San Francisco just two weeks ago, favor large capacity magazines for their lethal efficiency, and since gunmen don’t have to pause to reload, the presence of these deadly accessories makes it more difficult for law enforcement to stop an attacker. Today two federal courts in California released decisions on challenges to California’s new magazine regulations. The Eastern District rightly recognized that it is constitutionally permissible to limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds in order to stem high-fatality shootings, as has virtually every other court that’s heard similar challenges. The Southern District, however, broke with precedent and the US Supreme Court’s guidance in Heller, putting gun lobby interests ahead of public safety and gravely misinterpreting the Second Amendment.”

About Prop 63 and the Gun Lobby’s Challenges:

The Law Center partnered with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to draft and advocate for Proposition 63’s bold gun safety reforms, which include a groundbreaking requirement for background checks on ammunition purchases, new measures to ensure felons relinquish their firearms upon conviction, and closed several other deadly loopholes in California law. Today’s injunction only affects the ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The prohibition on these deadly accessories, which are often used in mass shootings like the massacres at Sandy Hook Elementary, San Bernardino, and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, was scheduled to go into effect July 1, but that date has been delayed pending an appeal.

Earlier in the day, a similar challenge to Proposition 63’s magazine law, Wiese v. Becerra, was heard by Judge William Shubb, a George H.W. Bush appointee, in California’s Eastern District. Judge Shubb ruled that the law does not violate the Second Amendment, and is not an unlawful government “taking.” With a split in the courts, the case will likely now head to the Ninth Circuit. That federal appeals court previously affirmed a decision upholding the constitutionality of a local ordinance similar to Proposition 63’s magazine law, and is expected to reinstate Prop 63’s magazine limits.

The following experts are available for immediately available for interviews on Proposition 63 and the injunction granted on Thursday:

  • Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

  • Hannah Shearer, Second Amendment Litigation Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, who wrote the Law Center’s amicus brief in the Duncan v. Becerra case

  • Ari Freilich, Director of California Legislative Affairs, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, who drafted much of Prop 63

More Resources from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence on Duncan v. Becerra, Wiese v. Becerra,  and Prop 63:

Speak with an Expert: For additional information, or to be connected to a gun violence prevention expert, contact Garrett McDonough, gmcdonough@smartgunlaws.org917-538-3775

Gun Safety Organization To Honor Former US Attorney General Eric Holder, Gun Safety Advocates For Fighting For Safer Communities

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Tonight, at their 24th Annual Anniversary Dinner, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence will honor former US Attorney General Eric Holder as one of several distinguished gun violence prevention champions. Each year, the Law Center’s Anniversary Dinner honors the exceptional efforts of a few key individuals for their outstanding leadership in the gun violence prevention movement.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a partner organization of Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, organizes the dinner as a unique opportunity to bring together attorneys, business professionals, lawmakers, and advocates from across the country to recognize the movement’s champions, celebrate the Law Center’s remarkable achievements, and support the fight for gun laws that save lives.

In recognition of his outstanding leadership in the gun violence prevention movement, former US Attorney General Eric Holder will receive the 2017 Courageous Leadership Award. In admiration of their courage and commitment to preventing more families from suffering the loss of a child to gun violence, Pam and Tom Bosley, whose teenage son was shot to death in Chicago church parking lot, will receive the 2017 Lifesaving Service Award. Law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP will also receive the 2017 Richard W. Odgers Pro Bono Partner Award in recognition of the essential role they have played in creating the Firearms Accountability Counsel Taskforce, a bold new partnership between the private bar and the gun violence prevention movement.

“We are honored to recognize the tremendous achievements that these outstanding gun violence prevention champions have made to our country,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Each of these award recipients has made a lasting impact that has made our nation a better, safer place to live. We thank these individuals for their service and look forward to honoring their courage and commitment to fighting our nation’s gun violence crisis.”

About The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr., Recipient Of The 2017 Courageous Leadership Award:

The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr. served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States from February 2009 to April 2015. Under his leadership, the Justice Department committed much-needed resources to cities and states grappling with the gun violence crisis and implemented many of President Obama’s executive actions on rearms that followed in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. In recent years, Mr. Holder has been an outspoken and insightful advocate for the legislative and community-based solutions that we craft, enact, and support at the Law Center.

As the third-longest serving attorney general in US history and the first African American to hold that office, he is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues. In 2014, TIME named Mr. Holder to its list of 100 Most Influential People, noting that he had “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.” Including his tenure as attorney general, Mr. Holder has served in government for more than 30 years, having been appointed to various positions requiring US Senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Reagan. Mr. Holder returned to the law firm of Covington & Burling after his service as attorney general, where he advises clients on complex investigations and litigation matters.

In recognition of his willingness to fight for responsible gun laws, Mr. Holder will receive the Law Center’s 2017 Courageous Leadership Award.

About Pam & Tom Bosley, Recipients Of The 2017 Lifesaving Service Award:

Pam and Tom Bosley lost their teenage son, Terrell, when he was shot and killed outside his church on the way to choir practice on the South Side of Chicago in 2006. In the aftermath of this truly senseless tragedy, Mr. and Mrs. Bosley turned grief into action by founding two nonprofit organizations committed to helping those affected by the crisis of gun violence plaguing our cities.

Realizing the limited support available to parents whose children have been murdered in Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Bosley formed Purpose Over Pain, an advocacy and support group focused on offering much-needed assistance to grieving families and fighting for solutions to the gun violence epidemic. They also launched the Terrell Bosley Anti-Violence Association, providing food, clothing, and community events for young people and their families. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Bosley both work as part of violence prevention initiatives at the St. Sabina Church with renowned pastor and activist Father Michael Pfleger.

Mr. and Mrs. Bosley, both born and raised in Chicago, have dedicated their lives to serving their community and creating lifesaving change out of unthinkable tragedy. In admiration of their courage and commitment to preventing more families from suffering the loss of a child to gun violence, the Law Center will honor Mr. and Mrs. Bosley with its 2017 Lifesaving Service Award.

About Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Recipient Of The 2017 Richard W. Odgers Pro Bono Partner Award:

Law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is the recipient of the Law Center’s 2017 Richard W. Odgers Pro Bono Partner Award, in recognition of the essential role they have played in creating the Firearms Accountability Counsel Taskforce, a bold new partnership between the private bar and the gun violence prevention movement. Committing a remarkable amount of invaluable resources to this project, the firm’s support of the Law Center’s efforts to hold the firearms industry and the gun lobby accountable for profiting at the expense of public safety will have a tangible, lifesaving impact for years to come.

The Richard W. Odgers Pro Bono Partner Award is given in honor of Richard W. “Dick” Odgers (1936–2014), who was a beloved founder, supporter, and friend to the Law Center. Mr. Odgers helped create the organization after the 101 California Street shooting and served as the organization’s first president, staying active on the board for 16 years. In 2015, the Law Center renamed its annual pro bono partner award after Odgers, paying tribute to his remarkable legacy as an attorney and champion of responsible gun laws.

National Gun Safety Organization To Honor Chicago Advocates For Fighting For Safer Communities

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Tonight, at its 24th Annual Anniversary Dinner, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence will honor Chicago gun safety advocates Pam and Tom Bosley with its 2017 Lifesaving Service Award. Following the murder of their son, who was shot to death in a Chicago church parking lot in 2006, Mr. and Mrs. Bosley have committed themselves to preventing more families from suffering the loss of a child to gun violence.

“Faced with unspeakable tragedy, Pam and Tom Bosley have turned grief into action that has helped make Chicago a safer place to live,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “We are honored to present Pam and Tom Bosley with the 2017 Lifesaving Service Award for their unwavering commitment to their community and for helping to spare other families the pain of losing a child to gun violence.”

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a partner organization of Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, organizes the dinner as a unique opportunity to bring together attorneys, business professionals, lawmakers and advocates from across the country to recognize the movement’s champions, celebrate the Law Center’s remarkable achievements, and support the fight for gun laws that save lives.

Other 2017 award recipients include former US Attorney General Eric Holder, who will receive the 2017 Courageous Leadership Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the gun violence prevention movement. Law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP will also receive the 2017 Richard W. Odgers Pro Bono Partner Award in recognition of the essential role they have played in creating the Firearms Accountability Counsel Taskforce, a bold new partnership between the private bar and the gun violence prevention movement.

About Pam & Tom Bosley, Recipients Of The 2017 Lifesaving Service Award:

Pam and Tom Bosley lost their teenage son, Terrell, when he was shot and killed outside his church on the way to choir practice on the South Side of Chicago in 2006. In the aftermath of this truly senseless tragedy, Mr. and Mrs. Bosley turned grief into action by founding two nonprofit organizations committed to helping those affected by the crisis of gun violence plaguing our cities.

Realizing the limited support available to parents whose children have been murdered in Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Bosley formed Purpose Over Pain, an advocacy and support group focused on offering much-needed assistance to grieving families and fighting for solutions to the gun violence epidemic. They also launched the Terrell Bosley Anti-Violence Association, providing food, clothing, and community events for young people and their families. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Bosley both work as part of violence prevention initiatives at the St. Sabina Church with renowned pastor and activist Father Michael Pfleger.

Mr. and Mrs. Bosley, both born and raised in Chicago, have dedicated their lives to serving their community and creating lifesaving change out of unthinkable tragedy. In admiration of their courage and commitment to preventing more families from suffering the loss of a child to gun violence, the Law Center will honor Mr. and Mrs. Bosley with its 2017 Lifesaving Service Award.

About The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr., Recipient Of The 2017 Courageous Leadership Award:

The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr. served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States from February 2009 to April 2015. Under his leadership, the Justice Department committed much-needed resources to cities and states grappling with the gun violence crisis and implemented many of President Obama’s executive actions on rearms that followed in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. In recent years, Mr. Holder has been an outspoken and insightful advocate for the legislative and community-based solutions that we craft, enact, and support at the Law Center.

As the third-longest serving attorney general in US history and the first African American to hold that office, he is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues. In 2014, TIME named Mr. Holder to its list of 100 Most Influential People, noting that he had “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.” Including his tenure as attorney general, Mr. Holder has served in government for more than 30 years, having been appointed to various positions requiring US Senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Reagan. Mr. Holder returned to the law firm of Covington & Burling after his service as attorney general, where he advises clients on complex investigations and litigation matters.

In recognition of his willingness to fight for responsible gun laws, Mr. Holder will receive the Law Center’s 2017 Courageous Leadership Award.

About Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Recipient Of The 2017 Richard W. Odgers Pro Bono Partner Award

Law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is the recipient of the Law Center’s 2017 Richard W. Odgers Pro Bono Partner Award, in recognition of the essential role they have played in creating the Firearms Accountability Counsel Taskforce, a bold new partnership between the private bar and the gun violence prevention movement. Committing a remarkable amount of invaluable resources to this project, the firm’s support of the Law Center’s efforts to hold the firearms industry and the gun lobby accountable for profiting at the expense of public safety will have a tangible, lifesaving impact for years to come.

The Richard W. Odgers Pro Bono Partner Award is given in honor of Richard W. “Dick” Odgers (1936–2014), who was a beloved founder, supporter, and friend to the Law Center. Mr. Odgers helped create the organization after the 101 California Street shooting and served as the organization’s first president, staying active on the board for 16 years. In 2015, the Law Center renamed its annual pro bono partner award after Odgers, paying tribute to his remarkable legacy as an attorney and champion of responsible gun laws.

Gun Safety Groups Applaud Supreme Court’s Decision to Let Stand Opinion Upholding California Concealed Carry Permit Law

SCOTUS declines to hear Peruta v. California, a case that examines whether the Constitution allows requiring good cause for concealed carry permits

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and its partner organization the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, praised the decision by the United States Supreme Court to decline hearing Peruta v. California, a critical case ARS and the Law Center have been involved in since the very start.

At issue was a California statute that requires citizens to demonstrate good cause to be eligible for permits to carry hidden, loaded weapons in public—an important policy on the books in several other states. In upholding the good cause requirement, a panel of 11 judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recognized that the Second Amendment is not unlimited and that, for centuries, the Constitution has permitted government to impose strict guidelines on carrying concealed weapons in public.

Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence:

“Today’s decision is a victory for smart gun laws and for public safety. By leaving the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta undisturbed, the Supreme Court upholds the essentially unanimous view of the lower courts that reasonable gun regulation, like the good cause rule, are in line with the Second Amendment. Law enforcement officials, like the sheriff of San Diego County, who was the original defendant in this case, are in the best position to determine how to safeguard their communities, and the Court’s decision not to hear the case leaves intact the sheriff’s ability to do just that.”

Adam Skaggs, chief counsel at the Law Center:

“Today’s decision is just the latest in a long line of court decisions rejecting gun-lobby challenges to the smart gun laws that keep our families and communities safe. The Court’s refusal to take this case leaves in place the thorough, well-reasoned opinion from the Ninth Circuit, which found that requiring that concealed carry applicants show good cause before they are granted a permit to carry a hidden, loaded weapon in public is very much constitutional. Every circuit court of appeals to consider the question has concluded that the reasonable gun regulations like San Diego’s good cause rule do not infringe Second Amendment rights.”

The Law Center has been involved in the Peruta case for more than five years, and filed two amicus curiae briefs urging the Ninth Circuit to uphold California’s concealed carry permitting system—the position later adopted in the Ninth Circuit’sen banc opinion. The Law Center’s briefs were joined by leading national law enforcement officials, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Related Resources from ARS & the Law Center:

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Katie Peters, [email protected]tions.org202-731-5951
Garrett McDonough, gmcdonough@smartgunlaws.org917-538-3775

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Statement on Mass Shooting at UPS Facility in San Francisco

Four Dead, Including the Shooter, in Second Mass Shooting of Day

Workplace Violence Is the Most Common Type of Active Shooting, According to FBI Analysis

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Today, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence responded to the tragic shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco. Three were killed and two more were shot before the shooter turned the gun on himself, in yet another example of the horrific gun violence that occurs far too frequently in our nation and echoes the rampage killing at 101 California Street in 1993 that led to the Law Center’s founding. The shooter was an employee of UPS armed with a semiautomatic pistol, and reports suggest he suffered from mental illness. We know workplace shootings are the most common type of active-shooter situation, according to an FBI analysis.

“This morning, newscasts across the country had to interrupt coverage of a tragic mass shooting to bring live coverage of yet another horrific shooting—this time at a UPS facility in San Francisco,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Our organization was founded by the survivors of an all-too similar massacre that occurred not far away, at a law firm at 101 California Street. We share our community’s sorrow and anger today, and we are heartbroken for those whose lives were shattered or lost. Details are still emerging about this attack, but we know its victims will be among the 300 Americans shot by guns every day—over 114,000 every year, over one million in the last decade. Workplaces are among the most common targets of mass shootings, and it’s imperative that we do more to protect our citizens from horrific tragedies like this and support the smart gun laws we know save lives.”

 

Related Resources from the Law Center:

Our staff attorneys have immediate availability to speak with media on today’s shooting, California gun laws, and the state of firearms legislation nationwide.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Garrett McDonough, [email protected], 917-538-3775

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Responds to Mass Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

Five Injured by Gunman Armed with Handgun and Military-Style Assault Weapon

Hearing to Debate Gun Lobby–Backed Bill to Deregulate Silencers Postponed

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Today, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence condemned the heinous attack on Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his staffer, a lobbyist, and members of the congressional security detail. Reports indicate the shooter was armed with a military-style assault weapon and a handgun, and was neutralized by law enforcement after exchanging gunfire for 10 minutes.

“Incidents like this morning’s shooting in Alexandria are far too common and call to mind so many other horrific gun tragedies our country has endured in recent years,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “The shooter was armed with a handgun and a military-style rifle, far too easily acquired by a man with a violent history, radical notions, and deadly intentions. We’re grateful to the law enforcement officers and first responders who bravely protected those present at the shooting and saved lives. In spite of events like this occurring with stunning regularity—this was the 153rd mass shooting of 2017—the gun lobby continues to push for the total dismantling of our gun laws, including its attempt to deregulate silencers, legislation that was scheduled to be debated in Congress today. It’s terrifying to imagine how much more difficult it would be for police to respond to a mass shooting when a gunman has a silencer. Our leaders in Congress need to take action to make this country safer and fight back against the gun lobby’s deadly agenda.”

RESOURCES FROM THE LAW CENTER:

For more information on the condition of gun laws in the United States contact our experts at [email protected].

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Garrett McDonough, [email protected], 917-538-3775

Gun Violence Prevention Organizations Applaud California Legislature For Authorizing Funding For CalVIP Program That Helps Reduce Gun Violence

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and its partner organization the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, applauded the California Legislature for authorizing funding for the California Violence Intervention Prevention Program (CalVIP), formerly CalGRIP.

The 2017 California budget, which now heads to Governor Brown’s desk, includes $9.2 million for CalVIP, which is one of the only sources of state-level funding for locally driven violence prevention strategies. Earlier this year, attorneys from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions testified in support of CalVIP.

Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence:

“Today marks a major victory for the State of California and the many communities here who benefit from the gun violence intervention and prevention strategies supported by CalVIP. We want to thank the hundreds of Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence supporters who contacted their legislators and urged them to continue this impactful investment in our cities and young people. This funding will not only help make California safer, it will help save lives.”

Peter Ambler, Executive Director, Americans for Responsible Solutions:

“We applaud the California Legislature for including funding for CalVIP in the 2017 budget. Programs like CalVIP are what help make California a national leader in public safety. We look forward to Governor Brown reauthorizing funding for this vital initiative.”

In recent years, CalGRIP grantee cities across California, including Los Angeles, San Jose, and Oakland, have achieved lifesaving, cost-effective reductions in both violent crime and incarceration by implementing programs that provide focused outreach, counseling, and other services to at-risk youth. For example:

  • The program has provided Los Angeles $3 million over the past three years to help fund its Gang Reduction and Youth Development project.Los Angeles has seen a 38% reduction in homicides and 46% reduction in aggravated assaults since launching the project in 2007. [FBI Uniform Crime Reports]

  • Over the past three years, the program has provided the City of Richmond $1.5 million to help fund the Office of Neighborhood Safety—a city agency dedicated exclusively to the prevention of violence. Richmond has seen a more than 50% reduction in fatal shootings since ONS launched in 2007. [Office of Neighborhood Safety]

  • The program has provided $1.5 million to Oakland to fund Operation Ceasefire, the city’s project to reduce gun violence. Oakland has seen a 34% drop in gun homicides and a 39% reduction in non-fatal shootings since launching Operation Ceasefire in late 2012. [California Partnership for Safe Communities]

In March 2016, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released a groundbreaking report, Healing Communities in Crisis, highlighting the importance of locally driven violence prevention and intervention strategies—exactly the kind of solutions supported by CalVIP funding.

To learn more about the CalVIP program, or to arrange time to speak with an expert, contact Sean Simons at [email protected].