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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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

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.
Fact Sheets The Gun Lobby July 9, 2015

State Firearm Preemption Laws

Thanks to NRA lobbying, more than 40 states have passed broad firearm preemption laws that prevent local mayors and police chiefs from passing common-sense public safety measures designed to keep their communities safe.
Legal Documents The Gun Lobby April 30, 2015

Amicus Brief: Peruta v. County of San Diego

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in a case challenging San Diego’s policy requiring a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The brief explained that San Diego’s requirement that an applicant have a “good cause” to obtain a permit was consistent with centuries of American tradition, and fully constitutional under the Second Amendment.
Legal Documents The Gun Lobby April 29, 2015

Amicus Brief: Colorado Outfitters Association v. Hickenlooper

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the Tenth Circuit, in a constitutional challenge to Colorado’s background check requirement and restriction on large capacity magazines. Everytown’s brief explained that Colorado’s background check law was an effective tool for reducing firearm violence and gun crime, and was fully consistent with the Second Amendment.
Legal Documents The Gun Lobby April 1, 2015

Amicus Brief: Silvester v. Harris

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in a case challenging California’s ten-day waiting period on firearm sales to people who already own guns. In the brief, Everytown explained that California’s waiting period is a longstanding, presumptively lawful regulation of commercial arms sales, and provided substantial historical material to assist the court in assessing California’s law.