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: Fyock v. Sunnyvale

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit to defend the ability of the voters of Sunnyvale, California, to adopt gun laws suited to local conditions—in this case, a restriction on possession of large capacity magazines. In March, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Everytown’s favor and upheld the gun law adopted by Sunnyvale’s voters.

The Congressional Ban on Gun Violence Prevention Research

As a federal agency, the CDC had always been barred from advocacy, but the agency has consistently backed away from gun violence research. As a result, the country has been forced to address its exceptional rate of gun violence effectively blind.

Shoot First

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

In September 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns released Shoot First, a comprehensive review of Stand Your Ground laws and how they affect public safety and the criminal justice system. The report explains how Stand Your Ground statutes have expanded the circumstances in which people are allowed to use deadly force, and have created legal hurdles that make it harder to hold shooters accountable.

Amicus Brief: United States v. Castleman

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Mayors Against Illegal Guns filed this amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit that sought to undermine enforcement of the federal law that prohibits convicted domestic abusers from acquiring or possessing firearms. In March, 2015, the Supreme Court endorsed the broad application of federal domestic violence law that Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocated in its brief.

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.