The United States suffers from a gun violence epidemic—over 117,000 Americans are shot every year, and we know so many of these incidents are completely preventable. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s staff is here to provide unparalleled expertise when it comes to gun safety legislation, education, research and advocacy. State and federal lawmakers nationwide rely on our staff to track and analyze legislation, and to provide data and research on the efficacy of smart gun laws that help save lives and make our communities safer.
We’re a nonprofit organization founded by attorneys in the wake of a mass shooting in downtown San Francisco. With more than two decades of experience, we are committed to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence through educating the public, free of charge, on America’s gun laws, as well as the solutions that will reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country.
The correlation between smart gun laws and reduced gun violence is clear—we know that commonsense legislative solutions are associated with dramatically lower gun death rates and drastic decreases in gun trafficking. While progress has stalled in Congress, momentum for these policies is building in statehouses across the nation. State lawmakers over 100 smart gun laws in more than 40 states since the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
The policy experts at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions frequently partner with lawmakers and advocates in states across the country to craft legislation that keeps guns out of the wrong hands, closes gaps in current law, and saves lives. Our series of Commonsense Solutions toolkits gives state legislators the blueprint they need to write the laws that will protect our families and communities from the scourge of gun violence.