We Remember Charleston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 17, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Patrick apatrick@csgv.org (p) 202-408-0061 Ext. 1017 (c) 828-712-7603 Six Years After Charleston Tragedy, It’s Past Time For Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence WASHINGTON — Today, America remembers and honors the lives and enduring legacy of the “Emanuel Nine.” A horrific act of life-ending violence occurred when …

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Terry McAuliffe Elected as Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate

Tonight’s results reaffirm Virginia voters’ commitment to gun violence prevention.

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#WearOrange Demands Action

As the nation marks Wear Orange Weekend (June 4-6) as the beginning of Gun Violence Awareness Month, over 100 Americans are dying from gun violence every day. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence released the following statement honoring the lives, families, and communities bearing the costs of the American epidemic of gun violence and calling for elected officials to take immediate action to pass gun violence prevention laws: 

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Ari Davis LTE in The Washington Post

A public health approach to ending gun violence

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#ConfirmChipman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Patrick apatrick@csgv.org (c) 828-712-7603 Confirm David Chipman: Addressing our Gun Violence Epidemic Requires Strong Leadership at Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives WASHINGTON — In response to today’s Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing for David Chipman to become the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, …

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Congress Introduces Measures to Strengthen ERPO Laws

WASHINGTON — Federal lawmakers re-introduced innovative extreme risk protection order legislation to address America’s epidemic of gun violence that kills nearly 40,000 Americans every year. The legislation would create opportunities for states to apply for federal support to implement extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs). The legislation mirrors policy recommendations developed by a consortium of legal and public health experts convened by CSGV affiliate organization the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV) following the 2013 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have implemented these laws.  

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TUES 5/18 at 5 p.m.: Opportunities to Enact Gun Safety Legislation in Colorado

DENVER — In Colorado, two people die daily from gun violence. On Tuesday, May 18, at 5 p.m. MDT, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) and Colorado Ceasefire will convene a panel featuring Colorado State Representatives Jennifer Bacon and Tom Sullivan to discuss opportunities to pass gun safety legislation in Colorado as well as recent legislative victories. Colorado Ceasefire is the longest-serving statewide, grassroots gun violence prevention organization in Colorado. 

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Amanda Chase is unfit to govern

“The latest incident with Senator Amanda Chase and her staff illustrate that the Junior Senator from Chesterfield is a danger to the safety of Virginians, both individually and the Commonwealth as a whole. Senator Chase is unfit to lead, unfit to govern, and unfit to be anywhere near the corridors of power in Virginia.

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Gun Violence Prevention Legislative Package Introduced in Colorado

Following last month’s mass shooting in a King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado residents have been urging action on gun violence prevention. In a state that has seen its tragic share of high profile shootings and a persistently high rate of gun suicides, Colorado legislators have heard the calls to action and introduced a comprehensive gun violence prevention legislative package that will address and reduce all forms of gun violence. 

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CSGV Senate Testimony

As Congress and the Biden administration increase federal attention on gun violence prevention as a public health issue, Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on Wednesday afternoon. Horwitz discussed how extreme risk laws (also known as “red flag laws”) can be used most effectively.

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DC Statehood Passes

As the House of Representative voted 216-208 to end the disenfranchisement of 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia, the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization urges the Senate to also recognize that without statehood, communities that disproportionately suffer the impact of gun violence are unable to act on lifesaving policy solutions. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has been a longstanding and vocal advocate for enfranchising District of Columbia residents, and urges the Senate to end the injustice of denying congressional representation to DC citizens, a plurality of whom are African-American.

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Lethal Means Safety Training Act Introduced in Congress

Every day, 17 veterans die by suicide, 12 by firearm, as part of a quiet and escalating suicide crisis in the United States. Today, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) applauded federal lawmakers for addressing the suicide crisis among the nation’s veterans, including firearm suicide, by introducing legislation that provides greater training opportunities for health care providers to conduct lethal means safety counseling for veterans at risk of suicide.

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Response to George Floyd Murder Trial

As the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was announced, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence welcomed the jury finding Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts and bringing a measure of accountability in the death of George Floyd.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Expert Briefing Best Practices for Extreme Risk Protection Orders; How They Differ From Court-Ordered Mental Health Treatment

In the aftermath of a shooter outside Indianapolis killing eight people, extreme risk protection order (ERPO) laws across the country are being analyzed for the lifesaving value they can provide in preventing individuals at elevated risk of violence from acquiring firearms. In the case of this particular perpetrator, law enforcement had previously removed a gun from his possession due to mental health concerns raised by family members, but Indiana’s extreme risk law was not invoked to prevent the future acquisition of new guns.

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Governor Polis Signs Safe Storage and Lost & Stolen Bills

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2021   Colorado Ceasefire Applauds Governor Polis Signing Life-Saving Safe Storage and Lost & Stolen Bills Into Law New laws encourage responsible gun ownership; but work still remains this legislative session Denver — Today, Governor Jared Polis took decisive action to further address Colorado’s gun violence epidemic. These two laws …

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Marking 14 Years Since Shooting at Virginia Tech

As Virginia marks 14 years since the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, when an undergraduate student killed 32 people and wounded 17 others with two semi-automatic pistols, Virginia gun violence prevention advocates are noting the ways the terrible tragedy was a turning point that mobilized advocacy efforts and shifted the commonwealth’s political landscape to prioritize gun violence prevention policies and candidates who legislate to keep Virginians safe.

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Microstamping Technology Legislation Moves Forward

As the gun violence epidemic in America devastatingly claims nearly 40,000 lives each year, a growing number of states are introducing legislation to encourage the use of innovative microstamping technology to link cartridge casings left at shooting scenes to the firearm used in the shooting and trace it back to its first purchaser.

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National Public Health Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Patrick apatrick@csgv.org 202-408-0061 x 1017 (c) 828-712-7603 Applying a Public Health Approach to America’s Gun Violence Epidemic Washington, DC — This week, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence was proud to participate in National Public Health Week, an initiative …

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Gun Violence Prevention Executive Orders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Patrick apatrick@csgv.org; 828-712-7603 President Biden’s Gun Violence Prevention Leadership Means Congress Must Act CSGV welcomes Biden administration’s much-needed executive orders, celebrates inclusion of extreme risk protection orders WASHINGTON — The executive orders signed by President Biden are a positive, novel step forward in addressing America’s gun …

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Maryland Delegate to Join CSGV Board

As the nation continues to confront its deadly epidemic of gun violence, a Maryland State Delegate dedicated to reducing gun violence in all its forms has joined the board of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization.

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