The Truth about School Shootings

On February 14, 2018, survivors of the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, emerged from bullet-ridden classrooms and thrust gun violence into the national spotlight. The heightened focus on the school shooting epidemic raised important questions about the damage these shootings inflict on our nation’s youth and how they can best be prevented.

As the student activists called for accountability and action, the gun lobby spread dangerous myths that downplay the role of guns ...

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Giffords Law Center’s Annual Gun Law Scorecard Grades and Ranks All 50 States on Gun Laws

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released the latest edition of its Annual Gun Law Scorecard, which grades and ranks each state on the strength of its gun laws. This comprehensive, 50-state analysis clearly shows fewer people die from gun violence in states with strong gun laws. In response to rising rates of gun violence in America, public demands for action intensified last year and as a result, many states passed gun safety measures, which improved their sco...

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Healing Communities in Crisis: Lifesaving Solutions to the Urban Gun Violence Epidemic

The crisis of American gun violence is perhaps most visible in our nation’s urban centers. The United States already has a higher-than-average homicide rate, but in cities like Baltimore and Detroit that rate can be up to 10 times higher. And poor, minority communities are often the hardest hit—young black men in particular face a homicide rate 20 times higher than the national average. We have a shared duty to address this dire crisis and save the lives of those most vulnerable.

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STATEMENT: House Introducing Bipartisan Background Checks Bill

HR 8 introduced in the first days of 116th Congress

Washington DC—Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder with her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, of the gun violence prevention organization Giffords, reacted to the introduction of HR 8—the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 in the House of Representatives on the anniversary of the Tucson shooting. Giffords joined with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson at the US Capitol Buildi...

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Investing in Local Intervention Strategies in Massachusetts

Background

Gun violence is by far the largest driver of homicides in America, the overwhelming majority of which take the form of day-to-day shootings in underserved communities.1 Black and Latinx young men living in urban neighborhoods are disproportionately impacted by this tragic violence—almost 75% of America’s 14,415 gun homicide victims in 2016 were either Black or Latinx, and nearly 85% were male.2

In order to adequately address this public health crisis, we ...

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Investing in Local Intervention Strategies in Connecticut

Background

Gun violence is by far the largest driver of homicides in America, the overwhelming majority of which take the form of day-to-day shootings in underserved communities.1 Black and Latinx young men living in urban neighborhoods are disproportionately impacted by this tragic violence—almost 75% of America’s 14,415 gun homicide victims in 2016 were either Black or Latinx, and nearly 85% were male.2

In order to adequately address this public health crisis, we ...

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Gun Owners of Vermont v. Birmingham: Supporting VT’s Background Check Law and Other Gun Safety Measures

Case Information: Gun Owners of Vermont, Inc. v. Birmingham, et al. (Vt. Super. Ct. amicus brief filed Dec. 17, 2018).

At Issue: In 2018 Vermont passed a package of broadly supported and much-needed gun safety measures, including a law requiring background checks on private gun sales. The plaintiffs in this lawsuit challenge three of the recent gun safety laws: (1) 13 V.S.A. § 4019, which requires persons transferring a firearm to appear together be...

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Investing in Local Intervention Strategies in Maryland

Background

Gun violence is by far the largest driver of homicides in America, the overwhelming majority of which take the form of day-to-day shootings in underserved communities.1 Black and Latino young men living in urban neighborhoods are disproportionately impacted by this tragic violence—almost 75% of America’s 14,415 gun homicide victims in 2016 were either Black or Latino, and nearly 85% male.2

In order to adequately address this public health crisis, we need ...

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Open Carrying in New Jersey

New Jersey law does not explicitly prohibit the open carrying of a handgun in public if the possessor has a valid permit to carry a handgun.1

New Jersey allows the open carrying of long guns (i.e. rifles and shotguns) if the possessor has a valid Firearms Purchaser Identification Card.2 New Jersey prohibits any person from knowingly possessing a loaded long gun, with certain exceptions.3

See our Open Carrying policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

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