Everytown’s research has shown that expanding the areas where guns can be carried and the circumstances in which they can be used is only associated with greater harm. So-called Stand Your Ground laws, which encourage the use of deadly force outside the home, are associated with significantly higher justifiable homicide rates. After Georgia passed its Stand Your Ground law, the number of justifiable homicides in the states increased by 83 percent. In Florida, it tripled. This push towards allowing easy access to guns in a growing variety of public places has only resulted in a greater risk of gun violence, often justified by increasingly permissive laws.

Guns in Public Places

guns in public places

Analysis of School Shootings

Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action released a report documenting the school shootings that have taken place since Newtown.

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Fact Sheets Guns in Public Places January 13, 2017

Concealed Carry Reciprocity: Overriding State Public Safety Laws

Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) concealed carry reciprocity legislation (S.498, 114th Congress), would force each state to recognize concealed carry permits from every other state, overriding each state’s core public safety laws on who is too dangerous to carry guns in public or even to possess guns at all. Law enforcement overwhelmingly opposes this legislation, which would put police in danger of being sued for doing their jobs.
Fact Sheets The Gun Lobby July 9, 2015

Guns on Campus

The gun lobby has made it a priority in recent years to pass laws that would allow guns on campuses across the country, even as the major stakeholders — from students and college presidents to school faculty — have resisted this legislative push.

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Fact Sheets The Gun Lobby December 8, 2016

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground laws upend centuries of traditional self-defense doctrine and are a threat to public safety by upending centuries of traditional self-defense doctrine. These laws encourage armed vigilantism by allowing a person to kill another person to defend himself, even in there is a safe and clear way to avoid the conflict.

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Amicus Brief: Grace v. District of Columbia

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to demonstrate that the District of Columbia's public-carry law--which requires a showing of good cause or special need prior to issuance of a concealed carry license--does not violate the constitutional right to bear arms and is consistent with a centuries long Anglo-American tradition.

Amicus Brief: Wrenn v. District of Columbia

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a case challenging the District of Columbia's concealed carry licensing system. This brief refutes the primary historical arguments made by gun lobby lawyers, and makes clear that laws regulating the public carrying of firearms are consistent with a centuries long Anglo-American tradition.