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

State Firearm Nullification Laws

In recent years, legislation to nullify federal firearms laws and/or make it a state crime to enforce the federal firearms law have been proposed across the country and enacted in at least nine states - even though nullifying federal law is patently unconstitutional.

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.

Beyond Gridlock

This report answers President Obama’s call to action in the wake of the horrific shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, and offers five life-saving measures that the Administration could advance to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

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.