RELEASE: CAP Memo Outlines Priorities for New Congress in Early 2019: Political Reforms and a Progressive Legislative Agenda

Washington, D.C. — A new memo from the Center for American Progress outlines early 2019 priorities for the new majority that will take control of Congress at the start of next year, with systemwide political reforms and a strong progressive legislative agenda at the top of the list.

“The U.S. House of Representatives must … begin its work in early 2019 by … embracing difficult but consequential reforms such as banning lobbyist fundraising. Alongside those reforms must come a progres...

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RELEASE: Weak Gun Laws Have Had Detrimental Effects on Community Safety in Missouri

Washington, D.C. — Every 10 hours, a person is killed with a firearm in Missouri. It is no surprise that the state’s strength of gun legislation ranks second to last in the nation, and Missouri’s rates of gun homicides, women killed by guns, children killed by guns, and gun thefts are among the highest in the United States. Meanwhile, in the face of these alarming statistics, Missouri policymakers have systematically weakened the state’s gun laws by passing dangerous bills.

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Weak Gun Laws and Public Safety Concerns in the State of Missouri

Weak gun laws have been directly tied to higher rates of gun violence, and Missouri has some of the weakest in the country. According to an analysis by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence,1 the strength of Missouri’s gun laws ranks second to last in the United States. The state has further weakened its gun laws in recent years by passing dangerous bills, such as one that repealed a law requiring a permit to purchase a firearm.2 And during the 2018 legislative session, state leg...

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STATEMENT: Neera Tanden on Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Washington, D.C.—Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

This has been a trying week in America. Today’s horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Pittsburgh is the third in a series of hate-filled events, from the shooting at a Kentucky grocery store to the numerous pipe ...

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RELEASE: Closing Gaps in Washington’s Safe Storage Gun Laws Will Prevent Tragedies

Washington, D.C. — Washington state has long been a leader on gun violence prevention policies, but legal gaps around the risks of unsecured guns remain an urgent priority in need of filling, according to a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress.

Voters in the state have taken action on a number of important ballot measures aimed at reducing firearm deaths and injury, but Washington still stands to benefit from implementing safe storage legislation and dangerous acces...

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Closing Gaps in Washington’s Gun Laws Will Prevent Tragedies

Everyday gun violence is a problem facing communities across the United States—and Washington state is no exception. Each year, children die in unintentional shootings at home; youth take their own lives or others’ with firearms; and hundreds of guns are stolen, leading to more crime. Guns that are not securely stored in the home by gun owners increase the possibility of these tragedies occurring.

Washington state is a leader on gun violence prevention policies. In addition to passi...

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RELEASE: The Risks of Unsecured Guns in Oregon

Washington, D.C. — Securely storing firearms is a smart practice for gun owners, but in Oregon, there are no state laws requiring guns to be either locked or securely stored when not in use, nor are there any laws that mandate owners to report theft of their firearms. A new issue brief released today by the Center for American Progress and State of Safety—a new Oregon-based nonprofit dedicated to making the state safer from gun violence—lays out the public safety risks and consequences inh...

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The Risks of Unsecured Guns in Oregon

On December 11, 2012, tragedy struck the Clackamas Town Center outside Portland, Oregon. Jacob Tyler Roberts carried a semi-automatic rifle and multiple ammunition magazines into the mall, walked to a food court full of holiday shoppers, and opened fire.1 During this 22-minute rampage, Roberts fired 17 shots total, killing two people and severely injuring another before taking his own life.2

Roberts stole the gun he used to commit this attack from a friend just hours before the shoo...

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STATEMENT: Secretary DeVos’ Move to Arm Teachers Is Out of Touch With the Needs of Students and Imperils Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. — Today, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) filed an emergency amendment to a government funding bill that would prevent federal education funding from being used to arm teachers. The move comes on the heels of a news report suggesting that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is considering issuing guidance that would allow funding currently used for efforts such as mental health programs for students to be used for arming teachers. Scott Sargrad, managing director o...

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RELEASE: CAP Analysis Highlights Stalking as Risk Factor for Future Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. — Today, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress examines the relationship between stalking and gun violence, highlighting a dangerous loophole through which individuals convicted of stalking remain free to buy and possess guns. While stalkers and domestic abusers convicted of felonies are prohibited from purchasing guns under federal law, new CAP data reveals that a worrying number of stalking cases are tried at the misdemeanor level, thus allowing thousands ...

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