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


The Gun Industry in America Report
Weapons are on display at a gun shop in Virginia, as gun and ammunition sales in the United States have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Getty/Yasin Ozturk)

The Gun Industry in America

The national debate over gun violence rarely focuses attention on the role of the gun industry in enabling this public health crisis.

Chelsea Parsons, Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Rukmani Bhatia

Dangerous Gaps in Gun Laws Exposed by the Coronavirus Gun Sale Surge Report
 (Shoppers wait in line outside of a Gun World store.)

Dangerous Gaps in Gun Laws Exposed by the Coronavirus Gun Sale Surge

The coronavirus crisis has led to a dangerous surge in gun sales, which has given new urgency to addressing the gaps in federal and state gun laws that allow unregulated access to firearms.

Chelsea Parsons, Rukmani Bhatia

The COVID-19 Response in Indian Country Report

The COVID-19 Response in Indian Country

The disproportionate devastation COVID-19 is having in Native American communities lays bare the U.S. government’s systemic failure to meet its trust and treaty obligations.

Sahir Doshi, Allison Jordan, Kate Kelly, 1 More Danyelle Solomon

Transforming the Culture of Power Report
 (Protesters against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on October 6, 2018.)

Transforming the Culture of Power

Dismantling the culture of power that sustains and fuels gender-based violence requires a comprehensive, national strategy that connects meaningful policy solutions across the diverse issues affecting survivors and communities.

Jocelyn Frye, Shilpa Phadke, Robin Bleiweis, 6 More Maggie Jo Buchanan, Danielle Corley, Osub Ahmed, Rebecca Cokley, Laura E. Durso, Chelsea Parsons

Bullet Control Report
 (A stack of 30-round and other high-capacity clips for use in an AR-15 is pictured on a table surface in a shooting range.)

Bullet Control

While national attention is primarily focused on gaps in U.S. gun laws, weak oversight of the ammunition industry also exacerbates gun violence.

Chelsea Parsons, Rukmani Bhatia

Guns, Lies, and Fear Report
An attendee walks by photographs of National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre (R), NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox, and NRATV commentator Dana Loesch outside the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on May 5, 2018, in Dallas. (Getty/Justin Sullivan)

Guns, Lies, and Fear

The National Rifle Association uses messaging strategies employed by dictators and demagogues to advance its gun rights narrative within the United States.

Rukmani Bhatia

The Risks of Unsecured Guns in Oregon Report
Safe storage laws, coupled with child access prevention laws and gun theft reporting requirements, keep lethal weapons from falling into the wrong hands and save lives. (Getty/Mike Kemp)

The Risks of Unsecured Guns in Oregon

Unsecured firearms are linked to violent crime, unintentional harm to children, and youth suicide.

Chelsea Parsons, Rukmani Bhatia, Jake Weigler

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