T. Christian Heyne
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Christian Heyne has served as a legislative staffer with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since May 2010. He currently holds the position of Legislative Director.
Christian grew up in Thousand Oaks, California — one of America’s safest cities. He began advocating for stronger gun laws after his parents were shot by a man with a history of violence on Memorial Day 2005 while returning a boat from a holiday vacation. His father survived multiple gunshots, but his mother was killed. In the wake of the tragedy, Christian and his father, Tim, started a chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Ventura County, where they helped to pass a number of local ordinances, including one that requires individuals to report lost and stolen handguns within the county. While attending California State University, Chico, Christian started the first collegiate chapter of the Brady Campaign. The chapter was able to raise awareness through lie-in events and other campus activities. The chapter also lobbied in the state legislature for bills like AB 1471, which implemented microstamping technology as a crime-solving tool in California.
After receiving a legal studies degree and a paralegal certificate from Chico State, Christian moved to Washington, DC, where he now resides.