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.

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Featured Work


Fact Sheet: Bullet Control Fact Sheet
 (Expended ammunition casings are shown on a gray surface.)

Fact Sheet: Bullet Control

This fact sheet provides policy recommendations to address the weak oversight of the ammunition industry.

Disarm All Domestic Abusers Fact Sheet
A girl sits among lighted candles during the traditional commemorative ceremony held for domestic violence victims at Chicago's North Avenue Beach, October 2017. (Getty/Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency)

Disarm All Domestic Abusers

Guns in the hands of domestic abusers pose an extreme risk to victims of abuse.

Support Local Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs Fact Sheet
People attend a vigil and rally for a shooting victim in Brooklyn, New York, June 2013. (Getty/Spencer Platt)

Support Local Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs

A comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence must include support for evidence-based violence intervention programs that engage all community stakeholders.

Require Background Checks for All Gun Sales Fact Sheet
A man in Florida fills out background check paperwork as he purchases a handgun, January 2016. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

Require Background Checks for All Gun Sales

A glaring gap in the federal law allows individuals to buy a gun without a background check and with no questions asked.

Enable the CDC to Research Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Fact Sheet
A pillar stands outside the former main entrance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at Roybal Campus in Atlanta, 2001. (Getty/Smith Collection/Gado)

Enable the CDC to Research Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue

Two decades of restrictions on public health research into gun violence has left us willfully ignorant about the full scope of this problem and the most effective interventions to prevent it.

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