CSGV statement on VA special session

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Applauds New Virginia Laws That Will Help Build Trust in Police and Reduce Community Gun Violence
Laws were passed during recent Virginia special session

WASHINGTON October 30, 2020– In response to new laws passed during the recently ended Virginia General Assembly special session, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Senior Director of Advocacy Lori Haas released the following statement commending the Governor and legislature on newly passed laws that will reduce community gun violence

“These new laws are a strong first step to begin rebuilding trust between police and the communities they serve, which will help reduce community gun violence across the commonwealth.

“Addressing community gun violence requires strong trust in law enforcement. When communities view the police force as legitimate they are more willing to partner with law enforcement to work towards equitable solutions and to intervene before conflicts develop into shootings and other forms of violence. Trusting in the formal channels of justice can help bring closure for victims of gun violence and their families.

“We thank the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus for leading the House and Senate forward to pass these laws and thank the Governor for signing this legislation. We look forward to working with not only our elected leaders, but with community groups across the commonwealth in the next legislative session to further strengthen our laws to address and eliminate the systemic inequities that are often the root causes of gun violence.” 

To learn more, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, recently released research about the links between community gun violence and trust in law enforcement and has additional detailed research on community gun violence, its causes and methods of prevention. The Ed Fund is an affiliate organization of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. 

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Tom Fazzini, West End Strategy Team
tfazzini@westendstrategy.com; (202) 505-1210

About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.

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