On April 19, 2018, a Wisconsin appeals court allowed a lawsuit filed against Armslist.com to move forward, ruling that federal law does not protect a website that was allegedly designed to facilitate illegal gun sales. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Yasmeen Daniel, whose mother, Zina Daniel Haughton, was fatally shot in 2012 in the Azana Spa shooting in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Everytown for Gun Safety filed an amicus brief in the case, with the support of the law firm Kramer Levin.
Since the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, Everytown has received numerous inquiries asking what gun manufacturers can do to demonstrate that they are taking responsibility and doing their part to reduce gun violence. This document identifies and describes three policy positions and three operational reforms that manufacturers could undertake to improve public safety right now.
The below table was produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to a Freedom of Information Act Request Submitted by Everytown for Gun Safety’s Research Team. The table shows the number of active mental health records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check Indices during various periods in 2017.
Prohibiting Guns at Public Demonstrations: Debunking First and Second Amendment Myths After Charlottesville
In August 2017, white supremacist demonstrators, accompanied by private militia groups, descended on the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a controversial Confederate statue and to unite various white nationalist groups. Many protesters and militia members were heavily armed. The demonstration quickly descended into chaos, injuries, and even death.
City of Missoula Files Lawsuit to Clear Path for City to Enforce Its Firearms Background Check Law: Everytown Litigation serving as co-counsel
Everytown for Gun Safety’s Litigation Team is representing the City of Missoula in its lawsuit against the Attorney General of Montana as part of the city’s efforts to enforce a public safety ordinance requiring background checks on unlicensed gun sales. The lawsuit asks a Montana state court to overrule a determination by Attorney General Timothy C. Fox that the ordinance is preempted by state law. Everytown’s Litigation Team is co-counsel with the Missoula firm of Boone Karlberg P.C. and the Missoula City Attorney. Read the full Press Release.