Americans Vote to Strengthen Laws to Prevent Gun Violence
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 9, 2016) – Yesterday’s election results further confirm public support for policies to reduce gun violence. In three of the four states where strong gun violence prevention initiatives were on the ballot, the measures passed. All of the measures were opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“When the issue of reducing the nation’s gun violence epidemic is put directly to the American voters, the people win,” said Josh Horwitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV).
Voters in Washington state adopted a measure that allows law enforcement and family members of individuals in crisis to seek an “extreme risk protection order” (ERPO). The initiative received 71 percent of the vote with over 1.4 million in favor of the measure. Backing for the ballot initiative exceeded support for Hillary Clinton by 15 percent. The order temporarily prevents people at risk of harming themselves or others from purchasing or possessing firearms. The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence was helpful in the passage of the measure, providing a comprehensive report describing how the measure will save lives.
Additionally, Nevada voters passed a ballot measure that will extend background checks to online and gun show sales. Nevada joins seven other states that have passed comprehensive background checks following the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. The same measure failed in Maine by less than four percent.
Finally, California passed Proposition 63, requiring individuals who wish to purchase ammunition to obtain a permit. The initiative also eliminates some exemptions to the existing large-capacity magazines ban.
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