Everytown for Gun Safety’s Litigation Team Will Defend the City Of Seattle in Any Litigation Resulting From its Efforts to Require Responsible Gun Storage
Following the City of Seattle’s passage of an ordinance requiring responsible gun storage, Everytown for Gun Safety’s Litigation Team has agreed to represent the City on a pro bono basis, if it is sued for enacting the ordinance. The ordinance requires storage of firearms in a locked container, except when they are under the gun owner’s control. It also increases penalties for failure to report lost or stolen firearm. Everytown’s litigation team will be joined by Orrick LLP, which has also agreed to represent the City pro bono.
Everytown Litigation Team Delivers Letter to Madison, Ohio School Board Raising Legal and Liability Concerns and Urging Suspension of Plan to Arm School Teachers, Staff and “Volunteers”
Litigators at Everytown for Gun Safety, on behalf of numerous concerned families, delivered a letter to the Board of Education of the Madison Local School District in Ohio raising concerns about the passage and implementation of a resolution to allow teachers, staff, and “others” to carry hidden, loaded weapons in district schools. The letter identifies numerous sources of legal risk and potential liability created by the resolution, including potential non-compliance with statutory and constitutional obligations to adequately train armed personnel, the need for clear policies governing access to and use of weapons on school grounds, the Board’s obligation to indemnify and defend armed personnel and the availability of insurance coverage, and disclosure obligations to enable parents to make an informed choice about whether local schools remain a safe place to educate their children. Read the full press release here.
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Between 1998 and 2017, at least 20,800 firearm transfers to prohibited persons were denied in Montana through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). (Everytown obtained state-level NICS denial data via FOIA requests. FBI, National Instant Criminal Background Check System data, 1998-2017)
Fatal Gaps: How the Virginia Tech Shooting Prompted Changes in State Mental Health Records Reporting
In the wake of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, lawmakers took action to close the fatal gaps in mental health records reporting that undermine the background check system and threaten the safety of Americans.