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: 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.

Federally Mandated Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Determining who is too dangerous to carry a hidden, loaded gun in public is among the most important judgments that a state government can make — and exercising that police power is among the most basic of states’ rights.

Fatal Gaps

Background checks will only be effective if states submit the hundreds of thousands of mental health records still missing from the system. See how many mental health records your state has submitted.

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Amicus Brief: Kolbe v. Hogan (En Banc)

Everytown for Gun safety filed this amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to urge the full court to correct several errors made by a three-judge panel that had previously struck down a Maryland law that regulated certain semiautomatic long guns and large-capacity magazines, and to explain why Maryland’s law comports with the Second Amendment.

Amicus Brief: Wollschlaeger v. Governor, State of Florida (En Banc)

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America filed this brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to urge the full court to correct a fundamentally flawed decision by a three-judge panel. The panel upheld a Florida law that prohibits doctors from speaking with their patients about firearm safety. This brief urges the full court to reverse that decision and strike down the law, because it interferes with patients’ right to receive truthful, non-misleading health and safety information from their doctors.