Rights and Justice

Gun Violence Prevention

Our goal is to reduce gun violence by enacting strong gun laws, increasing investment in local solutions, and growing the movement dedicated to this mission.

Gun control advocates take part in a candlelight vigil to honor of the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, August 2019. (Getty/Michael A. McCoy/The Washington Post)

What We're Doing

Implement strong gun policies

The United States has fallen far behind its peer nations when it comes to keeping communities safe from gun violence. We work to develop federal and state legislative and executive action strategies to reduce gun violence and save lives.

Increase oversight of the gun industry

A combination of weak laws and lack of resources has left the gun industry in the United States essentially unregulated. We work to shine a light on this problem and develop effective solutions to ensure that this industry is required to help solve the epidemic of gun violence.

Support for public health and community-based solutions

Laws alone are not enough. Reducing gun violence requires a dedicated investment in public health approaches and community-based violence intervention programs.

Build an effective national coalition

We partner with national, state, and local gun violence prevention allies and organizations to harness our collective power to make meaningful change.

The Gun Violence Prevention team's goal is to reduce gun violence by enacting strong gun laws, increasing investment in local solutions, and growing the movement dedicated to this mission.

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Featured Work

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Gun Violence in Rural America Fact Sheet
A man peers through the scope on his rifle in rural Texas.

Gun Violence in Rural America

While politicians and the media have largely focused their attention on gun violence in large cities, rural communities continue to see a rise in gun-related deaths.

David Correa, Nick Wilson

Recommendations for Newly Confirmed ATF Director Steve Dettelbach Sign-On Letter

Recommendations for Newly Confirmed ATF Director Steve Dettelbach

This coalition letter, led by the Center for American Progress in partnership with gun violence prevention and allied organizations, includes a list of immediate actions the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can take to reduce gun violence.

Nick Wilson, Allison Jordan

Media Coverage Often Ignore Guns as the Main Driver of the Recent Rise in Violent Crime Article
A TV camera is seen at a memorial for shooting victims.

Media Coverage Often Ignore Guns as the Main Driver of the Recent Rise in Violent Crime

The word “gun” or another synonymous variation was only included in 3.5 percent of headlines and summaries of online news posts that included the words “murders” or “homicides,” even though 80 percent of homicides are committed with a firearm, and gun homicides increased by 35 percent.

Will Ragland

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