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

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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 The Gun Lobby July 9, 2015

Permitless Carry

Permitless carry bills lower the bar for who may carry hidden handguns in public—allowing violent criminals, teenagers and people with no safety training to carry in crowded town centers and on city streets.

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Polls Guns in Public Places March 16, 2015

2015 National Survey of Voters' Attitudes Toward Permitless Carry

Strategies 360 conducted a national survey of likely 2016 voters on behalf of Everytown for Gun Safety to better understand public attitudes towards carrying concealed weapons.1 The survey found that 88% of voters oppose proposals to make it legal for people to carry concealed loaded weapons in public without a permit.
Reports Guns in Public Places December 31, 2015

Analysis of School Shootings

In 2013, Everytown began tracking gunfire in schools and at college and universities — public reports that a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds — and have since identified qualifying incidents that included fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings.
Reports Gun Violence Trends September 18, 2013

Shoot First

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

In September 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns released Shoot First, a comprehensive review of Stand Your Ground laws and how they affect public safety and the criminal justice system. The report explains how Stand Your Ground statutes have expanded the circumstances in which people are allowed to use deadly force, and have created legal hurdles that make it harder to hold shooters accountable.