The gun lobby has also worked to keep the country in the dark about gun violence, with dire consequences for public health and public safety. The NRA has fought to prevent Congress from providing any funding for research on gun violence; it has blocked law enforcement from being able to share analyses of crime gun trace data; and it has tried to pass laws prohibiting doctors and military leaders from talking to patients and service members about responsible gun ownership and suicide prevention.

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Access Denied

In January 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a report that surveys the gun lobby’s efforts to suppress data and research funding on violence, making it difficult to study the causes of gun violence and to develop evidence-based policies that will reduce America’s gun murder rate.

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Fact Sheets The Gun Lobby July 9, 2015

State Strict Scrutiny Ballot Initiatives

In recent years, the gun lobby has lobbied for state constitutional amendments that call all state and local public safety laws into question, threatening even the most basic laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of felons and domestic abusers.
Fact Sheets The Gun Lobby July 9, 2015

Guns in Bars

There is strong evidence that those under the influence of alcohol are at an elevated risk of violent behavior, including gun violence.

Also featured in:  Guns in Public Places  

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.

Also featured in:  Guns in Public Places  

Legal Documents The Gun Lobby June 25, 2015

Amicus Brief: Leach v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns filed this amicus brief in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, supporting a constitutional challenge to a punitive, sweeping firearms preemption law adopted by the Pennsylvania legislature.
Fact Sheets The Gun Lobby July 9, 2015

Doctor Gag Order Laws

The NRA promotes state legislation that bars doctors from asking patients questions about gun ownership, recording information on gun ownership in medical records, or using questions about gun ownership to determine what patients they will treat. These laws interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, and obstruct physicians’ ability to share potentially life-saving information on responsible gun storage practices with their patients.