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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Amicus Brief: v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in a case challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ regulation of guns in recreational areas administered by the Corps. Everytown’s brief provided the court hearing the challenge with previously overlooked materials regarding the history of regulating guns in areas, like the Corps’ recreation areas, where members of the public congregate.

Also featured in:  The Gun Lobby  

Litigation Documents The Gun Lobby September 28, 2015

Amicus Brief: Peña v. Lindley

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in litigation challenging California’s Unsafe Handgun Act. Everytown’s brief demonstrated that the Unsafe Handgun Act does not burden the challengers’ Second Amendment self-defense right and should be upheld.
Litigation Documents The Gun Lobby August 28, 2015

Amicus Brief: Wollschlaeger v. Governor, State of Florida

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America filed this amicus brief in the 11th Circuit, urging the full 11th Circuit to hear a case challenging a Florida law that prohibited doctors from speaking with their patients about firearm safety.

Also featured in:  Unintentional Deaths  

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  

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.