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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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.