Sponsor the 22nd Anniversary Dinner

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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The Anniversary Dinner is only possible through the generous support from our sponsors — organizations and individuals dedicated to the Law Center’s mission to save lives from gun violence through smart gun laws. Learn more about the speakers and program for the 22nd Anniversary Dinner.

Sign up online to sponsor the 22nd Anniversary Dinner today.

Prefer to sponsor the 22nd Anniversary Dinner offline? Download the sponsor form here.

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  • Opportunity to host and brand the Private Reception
  • Two tables of 10 at the dinner and 20 invitations to Private Reception
  • On-stage acknowledgement as lead sponsor
  • An ad in prominent publication with logo as lead sponsor
  • Premier acknowledgement in the printed invitation to the Law Center’s mailing list of more than 3,000 individuals nationwide
  • Premier acknowledgement in several Law Center emails circulated to more than 6,000 individuals nationwide
  • Dedicated full page profile in Dinner Program plus a full page ad on the back cover
  • Dedicated slide with organization’s logo in multimedia presentation
  • Organization’s name acknowledged on the table centerpieces
  • Recognition on the Law Center’s website for 1 year, including organization’s logo, profile, and website link
  • In-house CLE seminar featuring a Law Center expert redeemable for up to a year following the event

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  • A table for 12 guests at the dinner and 12 invitations to the Private Reception
  • Prominent acknowledgement in several Law Center emails circulated to more than 6,000 individuals nationwide
  • Prominent acknowledgement in the printed invitation to the Law Center’s mailing list of more than 3,000 individuals nationwide
  • Dedicated full page profile with organization’s logo in Dinner Program and multimedia show at event
  • Organization’s name acknowledged on the table centerpieces
  • Recognition on the Law Center’s website for 1 year, including organization’s logo, profile, and website link
  • In-house CLE seminar featuring a Law Center expert redeemable for up to a year following the event

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  • A table for 10 guests at the Dinner
  • Invitation for 4 to the Private Reception
  • Prominent acknowledgement in several Law Center emails circulated to more than 6,000 individuals nationwide
  • Prominent acknowledgement in the printed invitation to the Law Center’s mailing list of more than 3,000 individuals nationwide
  • Dedicated full page profile with organization’s logo in Dinner Program and multimedia show at event
  • Organization’s name acknowledged on the table centerpieces
  • Recognition on the Law Center’s website for 1 year, including organization’s logo, profile, and website link
  • In-house CLE seminar featuring a Law Center expert redeemable for up to a year following the event

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  • A table for 10 guests at the Dinner
  • Invitation for 4 to the Private Reception
  • Prominent acknowledgement in several Law Center emails circulated to more than 6,000 individuals nationwide
  • Prominent acknowledgement in the printed invitation to the Law Center’s mailing list of more than 3,000 individuals nationwide
  • Sponsor profile with organization’s logo in Dinner Program
  • Dedicated slide with organization’s logo in multimedia presentation
  • Organization’s name acknowledged on the table centerpieces
  • Recognition on the Law Center’s website for 1 year, including organization’s logo, profile, and website link
  • In-house CLE seminar featuring a Law Center expert redeemable for up to a year following the event

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  • A table for 10 guests at the Dinner
  • Acknowledgement in several Law Center emails circulated to more than 6,000 individuals nationwide
  • Acknowledgement in the printed invitation to the Law Center’s mailing list of more than 3,000 individuals nationwide
  • Sponsor profile with organization’s logo in Dinner Program
  • Dedicated slide with organization’s logo in multimedia presentation
  • Organization’s name acknowledged on the table centerpieces
  • Recognition on the Law Center’s website for 1 year
  • In-house CLE seminar featuring a Law Center expert redeemable for up to a year following the event

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  • A table for 10 guests at the Dinner
  • Acknowledgement in several Law Center emails circulated to more than 6,000 individuals nationwide
  • Acknowledgement in the printed invitation to the Law Center’s mailing list of more than 3,000 individuals nationwide
  • Sponsor listing in Dinner Program
  • Dedicated slide with organization’s logo in multimedia presentation
  • Organization’s name acknowledged on the table centerpieces
  • Recognition on the Law Center’s website for 1 year
  • In-house CLE seminar featuring a Law Center expert redeemable for up to a year following the event

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  • A table for 10 guests at the Dinner
  • Acknowledgement in several Law Center emails circulated to more than 6,000 individuals nationwide
  • Acknowledgement in the printed invitation to the Law Center’s mailing list of more than 3,000 individuals nationwide
  • Sponsor listing in Dinner Program and multimedia show at event
  • Organization’s name acknowledged on the table centerpieces
  • Recognition on the Law Center’s website for 1 year
  • In-house CLE seminar featuring a Law Center expert redeemable for up to a year following the event

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  • 4 tickets to the Anniversary Dinner and Reception
  • Acknowledgement in several Law Center emails circulated to more than 6,000 individuals nationwide
  • Acknowledgement in the printed invitation to the Law Center’s mailing list of more than 3,000 individuals nationwide
  • Sponsor listing in Dinner Program and multimedia show at event
  • Recognition on the Law Center’s website for 1 year

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  • 2 tickets to the Anniversary Dinner and Receptions
  • Acknowledgement in several Law Center emails circulated to more than 6,000 individuals nationwide
  • Acknowledgement in the printed invitation to the Law Center’s mailing list of more than 3,000 individuals nationwide
  • Sponsor listing in Dinner Program and multimedia show at event
  • Recognition on the Law Center’s website for 1 year

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22nd Anniversary Dinner

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015

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2015 COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP AWARD

Mike Feuer
Los Angeles City Attorney
Co-chair, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence

Cyrus Vance Jr.
New York County District Attorney
Co-chair, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence

2015 COURAGEOUS HONOREE AWARD

Mark Barden
Advocacy Director, Sandy Hook Promise
Newtown Parent


ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY DINNER

Each year, the Law Center’s Anniversary Dinner brings together our community to honor the exceptional efforts of a few key individuals for their outstanding leadership in the gun violence prevention movement. The dinner, with an audience of 500–700 attorneys, business professionals, lawmakers, and advocates from all over the country, is a truly unique opportunity to recognize the movement’s champions, celebrate the Law Center’s remarkable achievements, and support the fight for smart gun laws that save lives. Sponsor a table today.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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Success in Sunnyvale—Another Victory for Gun Safety

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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California leads the nation when it comes to smart gun laws, and the Law Center is proud to have played an essential role in the latest decision handed down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit upheld a California district court’s decision in Fyock v City of Sunnyvale, concerning a 2013 ballot measure that prohibited the possession of large-capacity magazines within the city limits of Sunnyvale, CA. Voters ushered in Measure C with a decisive 66% of the vote, yet the plaintiffs claimed local regulation of these deadly magazines infringed on their Second Amendment rights. The Ninth Circuit found little support for the NRA-backed plaintiffs’ argument that the law violates the Second Amendment, holding that Sunnyvale had presented sufficient evidence to show that the law would likely be found constitutional.

When the gun lobby hired expensive, high-profile Supreme Court litigators to try to overrule Sunnyvale’s voters, we countered by connecting the city with pro bono legal counsel from the highly respected law firm of Farella, Braun + Martel. We also filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit, outlining the many dangers of large capacity magazines (those that can hold more than 10 rounds), which make it easier for criminals to shoot more people more quickly, increasing the number of victims. These magazines are disproportionately used in mass shootings, like those in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, and the 1993 massacre in San Francisco that led to the founding of the Law Center.

The Sunnyvale victory builds on the unprecedented momentum across the country for common sense guns laws that save lives. Just last week, a federal court upheld California’s groundbreaking Unsafe Handgun Act, which keeps junk guns off the market and requires the use of microstamping technology, making it easier for law enforcement to trace crime guns. The decision to uphold this important law will help encourage other states to follow suit. Historic progress is also being made in state legislatures, with 99 new smart gun laws passed in 37 states since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. But there’s still much work to be done, and the Law Center is ready to fight for the rights of communities to legislate their own safety. Join us in the fight against gun violence.

Learn more about the dangers of large capacity ammunition magazines.

Check out the Law Center’s amicus brief in the Sunnyvale case.

Federal Court Upholds All Aspects of California’s Unsafe Handgun Act

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

 

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Chalk up another win for California’s common sense gun laws. Last week, US District Judge Kimberly Mueller ruled that the state’s groundbreaking Unsafe Handgun Act (“UHA”) is constitutional, a major victory for gun safety proponents. The UHA, originally passed in 1999, requires all handguns sold in the state to meet rigorous safety standards, which reduce the number of “junk guns” on the market. All new handguns must pass firing and drop testing, utilize a ”chamber load” indicator, and incorporate microstamping technology—a unique code imprinted on a casing when a handgun is fired, which helps law enforcement solve gun crimes.

A number of individual gun owners and pro-gun organizations filed the lawsuit in 2009, arguing that the UHA interfered with their right to own any handgun, regardless of quality. In her decision, Judge Mueller pointed out that the UHA merely “imposes conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms,” which the US Supreme Court specifically identified as a “presumptively lawful” regulation in its landmark Heller decision. With this in mind, Judge Mueller found that the UHA “does not adversely impact the access to and sale of firearms” and forcefully concluded that “[t]his degree of regulation is negligible and does not burden plaintiffs’ rights under the Second Amendment.”

Plaintiffs have already filed an appeal to the Ninth Circuit, where the Law Center plans to file an amicus brief in support of the law. As Judge Mueller correctly found, the right to bear arms does not include the right to purchase poorly made, low-quality guns that do not meet common sense safety standards. We hope you’ll join us in the fight to defend the UHA, a key component of California’s intelligent approach to gun violence prevention. Smart gun laws like the UHA have helped decrease firearm homicide rates in California more than 64 percent since the mid-1990s, and positioned California as a model for other states when it comes to combating the public health crisis of gun violence in the United States.

2015 State Gun Law Trendwatch

Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015

READ TRENDWATCH | POSITIVE TRENDS | NEGATIVE TRENDS | BILLS ON THE MOVE

A key component of the work our legal experts do here at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is tracking and analyzing firearms legislation in all 50 states. As the 2015 legislative cycle kicks into gear, we’ve noticed several patterns. Our biweekly Gun Law Trendwatch rounds up and analyzes the positive legislative trends (such as bills that are being considered in a handful of states to require background checks for private sales), negative legislative trends (like a spate of campus carry bills), and a roundup of bills on the move. We hope you find Trendwatch useful in your legislative efforts this year.

 

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Waiting Periods in Vermont

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Vermont imposes no waiting period between the time of purchase and the actual physical transfer of a firearm.

See our Waiting Periods policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Retention of Sales & Background Check Records in Vermont

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Vermont law requires all pawnbrokers and retail firearms dealers to keep a record book in which they record the sale of all handguns and the purchase of all second-hand handguns.1 The record must include the date of the transaction, the marks of identification on the firearm (including the manufacturer’s name, the caliber, model and manufacturer’s number of the firearm), and the name, address, birthplace, occupation, age, height, weight and the color of eyes and hair of the purchaser or seller.2 The purchaser or seller must sign his or her name to the record, and the pawnbroker or firearms dealer must preserve the record book for six years after the date of last entry and make it available for inspection by law enforcement.3

Vermont has no law requiring the reporting of sales of firearms to a state or local agency.

See our Retention of Firearm Sales & Background Check Records policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4006. []
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  3. Id. []

Multiple Purchases & Sales of Firearms in Vermont

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Vermont has no law restricting sales or purchases of multiple firearms.

See our Multiple Purchases / Sales of Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Mental Health Reporting in Vermont

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

See our Mental Health Reporting policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm or ammunition by any person who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or involuntarily “committed to any mental institution.”1 No federal law, however, requires states to report the identities of these individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database, which the FBI uses to perform background checks prior to firearm transfers.

Vermont has no laws requiring the reporting of mental health information to NICS.

For general information on the background check process and categories of prohibited purchasers or possessors, see the Vermont Background Checks section and the section entitled Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Vermont.

  1. 18 U.S.C. § 922(d)(4). []

Background Checks in Vermont

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

See our Background Checks policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Federal law requires federally licensed firearms dealers (but not private sellers) to initiate a background check on the purchaser prior to sale of a firearm. Federal law provides states with the option of serving as a state “point of contact” and conducting their own background checks using state, as well as federal, records and databases, or having the checks performed by the FBI using only the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database. (Note that state files are not always included in the federal database.)

Vermont is not a point of contact state for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Vermont has no law requiring firearms dealers to initiate background checks prior to transferring a firearm. As a result, in Vermont firearms dealers must initiate the background check required by federal law by contacting the FBI directly.1

Vermont does not require private sellers (sellers who are not licensed dealers) to initiate a background check when transferring a firearm. See our Private Sales policy summary.

  1. Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Instant Criminal Background Check System Participation Map, at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/general-information/participation-map (last visited Feb. 2, 2012). []