Trendwatch: Gun Laws Moving Swiftly through the States in 2019

Gun violence prevention has already featured prominently in the 2019 state and federal legislative cycle. Our latest edition of Gun Law Trendwatch breaks down what you need to know.

On February 6, a congressional task force led by Representative Mike Thompson (CA-05) held the first gun violence prevention hearing in more than a decade. Activists, survivors, and experts, including Giffords Law Center Executive Director Robyn Thomas, powerfully testified to the toll that gun violenc...

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STATEMENT: Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Reacts to the Mass Shooting in Aurora, Illinois

Washington, DC — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of the gun violence prevention organization Giffords, released the following statement reacting to the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois.

“Yesterday we mourned with the Parkland community as they marked a year since their lives changed forever. Less than 24 hours later we watched the all too familiar scene of an active shooter scene unfold, thi...

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RELEASE: Giffords Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Regulate Assault Rifles Under NFA 

February 15, 2019— Today Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, applauded Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) for introducing the NFA Amendments Act of 2019. This legislation places semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines under the National Firearms Act (NFA), the 85-year old framework that regulates particularly dangerous weapons like machine guns, short-barreled rifles, sawed-off shotgu...

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Giffords Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Regulate Armor-Piercing Handguns

February 15, 2019 — Today Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, applauded Congresswoman Val Demings (D-FL) for introducing the Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2019. This legislation places armor-piercing handguns under the National Firearms Act (NFA), the 85-year old framework that regulates particularly dangerous weapons like machine guns, short-barreled rifles, sawed-off shotguns, a...

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Giffords Praises Colorado House for Introducing Legislation to Remove Guns from Dangerous People

Extreme risk laws allow for the temporary removal of guns from people in crisis

February 14, 2019 Giffords, the gun violence organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly, commended the Colorado House of Representatives for introducing legislation that establishes a process to obtain an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) that temporarily prohibits an individual who is a danger to themsel...

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Giffords Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Extreme Risk Legislation

Extreme risk laws allow for the temporary removal of guns from people in crisis

February 14, 2019Giffords, the gun violence organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly, praised the introduction of the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019 by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) tod...

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Giffords Praises New Mexico House for Moving Forward with Lifesaving Legislation that Removes Guns from Dangerous People

HB 83, the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act, Allows Courts to Temporarily Remove Guns from Individuals Who Pose a Danger to Themselves or Others

February 14, 2019— Giffords, the gun violence organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly, applauded the New Mexico House of Representatives for passing HB83, the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act. The bill, spo...

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Reflects on Anniversary of Parkland Shooting  

February 14, 2019 — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of the gun violence prevention organization Giffords, issued the following statement marking the first anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

“We will never forget the way we felt one year ago, when we learned the news of another ho...

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Giffords Applauds House Judiciary Committee Passage of Universal Background Check Bill

Committee also approved a measure to provide additional time to allow a background check to be completed before a firearm sale, addressing the “Charleston loophole”

February 13, 2019 — Giffords, the gun violence organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly, applauded the House Judiciary Committee for passing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Bill of 201...

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RELEASE: Law Enforcement Leaders Call on Congress to Pass Bipartisan Background Checks Bill

Febraury 13, 2019 — As the House Judiciary Committee meets today to vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, members of the Giffords Law Enforcement Coalition sent a letter to congressional leadership urging them to pass the lifesaving legislation. Signed by 15 law enforcement leaders from across the country, the letter illustrates the urgent need to close loopholes in America’s background checks system that e...

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