NRA-FRIENDLY LAWMAKERS IN VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY KILLING GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION THROUGH BACKROOM DEALING

Richmond, VA−Less than two weeks into the General Assembly session, Republican lawmakers have resorted to backroom dealing in order to kill a package of gun safety bills in an effort to avoid attracting attention from the media and public.

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VIRGINIA SENATE VOTES DOWN GUNS IN SCHOOLS, MOVES FORWARD WITH BACKGROUND CHECK BILL

Richmond, VA−This afternoon, the Virginia Senate defeated legislation, SB 1132, which would have allowed individuals with concealed handgun permits to carry loaded firearms on school property outside of regular school hours.

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VIRGINIA HOUSE SUBCOMITTEE DEALS A BLOW TO WOMEN’S SAFETY

Richmond, VA−Despite riveting testimony from Lisette Johnson—who was shot five times by her abusive husband in Chesterfield County—and others personally affected by gun violence, the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 voted down HB 2085 this evening.

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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCATES TO FOX DC: FIRE EMILY MILLER

Washington, DC−A reporter who has made a career out of publicly attacking the District of Columbia’s democratically enacted gun laws has no business serving as a “chief investigative reporter” covering the city’s affairs.

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VIRGINIA HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE TO TAKE UP IMPORTANT GUN-RELATED BILLS TODAY

Richmond, VA−Today at 4:00PM, the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 will take up several important pieces of legislation that would enhance public safety in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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VIRGINIA COMMITTEE FEELS PRESSURE, CHANGES ITS VOTE TO PROTECT WOMEN OVER GUNS

Richmond, VA−In a dramatic turn of events, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 10-4 today to approve SB 943, a bill that would prohibit those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, sexual battery, and stalking from purchasing and possessing firearms.

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VIRGINIA SENATE COMMITTEE SHOULD CAPITALIZE ON SECOND CHANCE TO PRIORITIZE LIVES OF WOMEN OVER GUNS

Richmond, VA−Following a controversial vote on Monday, a Virginia Senate committee will again on Wednesday consider a bill that would prohibit those convicted of domestic violence, sexual battery, and stalking from purchasing and possessing firearms.

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CSGV CONGRATULATES VIVEK MURTHY ON HIS CONFIRMATION AS SURGEON GENERAL

Washington, DC−In an historic rebuke to the NRA, the Senate voted 51-43 this evening to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the 19th Surgeon General in U.S. history.

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IN RESPONSE TO PETITION, JAY LENO CANCELS APPEARANCE AT GUN INDUSTRY TRADE SHOW

Newtown, CT−The Newtown Action Alliance, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Campaign to Unload applaud comedian Jay Leno’s decision to cancel his appearance at the 2015 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), an annual event sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the gun industry. Leno’s cancellation comes just hours after the three gun violence prevention groups had launched a petition calling on him to take this action.

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IN REPUBLICAN WAVE ELECTION, GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION STILL A WINNING ISSUE

Washington, DC−During a wave election in which Republicans strengthened their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and took control of U.S. Senate, the issue of gun violence prevention nonetheless proved to be a winning issue in tightly-contested races across the country.

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NEW PSAS WARN VOTERS ABOUT FAILURE TO FOCUS ON GUN VIOLENCE

Washington, DC−The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) released two hard-hitting public service announcements today to remind voters that each of us has a responsibility to enact common-sense gun laws in the United States.

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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCATES TELL MARYLAND POLICE TRAINING COMMISSION: DON’T VALIDATE INSURRECTIONISM

Sykesville, MD−On Thursday, October 23rd at 3 p.m., a group of leading gun violence prevention advocates will deliver thousands of signatures to the Maryland Police Training Commission calling on them to revoke the training certification of Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis.

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COALITION TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE RESPONDS TO BULLETS AND BURGERS SHOOTING INCIDENT

Washington, DC–In response to the accidental shooting at Bullets and Burgers in Arizona earlier this week, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s executive director, Josh Horwitz, issued the following statement.

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STATEMENT ON CALIFORNIA SENATE PASSAGE OF AB 1014

Washington, DC–The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence would like to thank the 23 California Senators who voted today to approve AB 1014, the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) bill.

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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GROUP CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN FERGUSON

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is closely watching the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and we are deeply disturbed by what we see unfolding there. Our hearts go out to the family of Michael Brown, Jr. as they deal with an unimaginable loss.

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STATEMENT ON JIM BRADY’S PASSING

In response to the death today of Jim Brady, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence released the below statement today.

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Gun Violence Prevention Expert to Join Del. Norton to Discuss Legislation’s Potential Negative Impact on Gun Safety in D.C.

Executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Josh Horwitz, will join Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) this morning at a gathering to discuss Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-Ky.) amendment passed yesterday in the House that would prevent the District of Columbia from enforcing current gun laws supported by law enforcement and residents, including gun owners.

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Gun Violence Prevention Expert Slams Massie Amendment

Slamming the House of Representatives vote on the passage of Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-KY) amendment to the House Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill (which includes District of Columbia appropriations provisions), the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Josh Horwitz,issued the following statement, noting the mess that Massie has left in his wake as he tried to force his personal values on the will of District of Columbia residents.

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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GROUP APPLAUDS CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH A GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER

Washington, DC-The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) applauds California Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Assembly Member Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) for introducing Assembly Bill 1014 in the California Senate.

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MOTHER OF GUN VIOLENCE SURVIVOR NAMED TO VIRGINIA STATE CRIME COMMISSION

Washington, DC-The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence commends Lori Haas, mother of a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and the Virginia State Director for the Coalition, on her appointment by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the State Crime Commission in Virginia.

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