Background Checks Continue to Decline Under Trump

For the third month in a row, newly released numbers from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) show a decrease in background checks relative to the previous year. Only 1,203,438 checks on handgun, long gun, multiple, other, and private sales were performed in February 2017 compared to 1,383,373 in February 2016.

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CSGV Statement: NRA’s LaPierre Prepares for War with New Target in Mind.

“In the past, Wayne LaPierre has rallied NRA members by speaking of a tyrannical government coming to take away their guns. For a long time, that message worked. But now, with the NRA’s mouthpiece-in-chief installed as president, the NRA's number one target is the 'violent left' -- protesters who disagree with Trump's dangerous agenda. LaPierre characterized these Americans as 'anarchists, Marxists, and socialists' who hate 'everything America stands for.' In typical LaPierre fashion, he peppered his speech with violent imagery and equated American opposition to Trump with terrorism and treason. As Trump works to ‘deconstruct the administrative state,’ LaPierre is mobilizing his militia to support the Trump state. Political dissenters are now the target, but fear and divisiveness are still LaPierre's central message."

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CSGV Statement on Sean Spicer’s “Atlanta” Attack

"The 49 lives lost were mostly LGBTQ and hispanic individuals, two constituencies that feel left behind by this administration. They deserve better than to be exploited as talking points to support the President’s haphazard political agenda.”

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CSGV Statement on Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

“The confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General makes America less safe. For years, Senator Sessions has voted in lockstep with the gun lobby’s extreme agenda and now he intends on bringing that agenda to the Justice Department.

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CSGV Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Neil Gorsuch

“While there is no paper trail of where Judge Gorsuch stands on guns, his selection by the NRA-backed Trump/Bannon White House certainly gives us a hint. If Gorsuch shares the NRA’s toxic ideology, he is already at odds with the overwhelming majority of Americans.”

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Answers On Guns Required From Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

“While there is no paper trail of where Judge Gorsuch stands on guns, his selection by the NRA-backed Trump/Bannon White House certainly gives us a hint. If Gorsuch shares the NRA’s toxic ideology, he is already at odds with the overwhelming majority of Americans.”

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CSGV Statement: Fort Lauderdale Shooting Illustrates Need For Gun Violence Restraining Order Laws in More States

"While the facts are still emerging, policymakers across the nation should remember that there are legislative options to provide preventative tools to law enforcement and concerned family members. California and Washington state have recently enacted laws that allow courts to temporarily remove firearms from individuals displaying signs of dangerousness (Gun Violence Restraining Order in California and Extreme Risk Protection Order in Washington).

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Firearm Homicide Rate Increased 20 Percent in 2015

“Congress continues to wring their hands while a record number of people are dying,” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “The 20 percent increase in the gun homicide rate should serve as a sobering reality for Congress and the incoming Trump administration to come together to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic.”

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Americans Vote to Strengthen Laws to Prevent Gun Violence

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).

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Following Historic Campaign, CSGV Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

If Hillary Clinton is elected to be the next President of the United States, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence will have an ally in the White House who is committed to reducing gun deaths and injuries. She knows that 33,000 American lives lost to guns each year is not the price of freedom. Under a Clinton administration, the gun violence prevention movement will have a leader we can trust. Her historic candidacy has shown that she is serious about saving lives.

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CSGV Virginia State Director: Virginia Senator Tim Kaine Shows Eagerness to Address Gun Violence; Governor Mike Pence Runs From the Issue

“Nearly ten years ago my daughter was shot at Virginia Tech, less than 150 miles from where the candidates for Vice President spoke tonight. Following that horrific day in Blacksburg, I saw the leadership and compassion of then-Governor Tim Kaine as he vowed to do everything he could to ensure the lives lost that day were not in vain."

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CSGV Statement: In First Debate, Hillary Clinton Promotes Gun Reform Policies Popular With A Majority of Americans; Donald Trump Gives Muddled Response On The Issue

“Secretary Clinton offered a clear vision for America that included strong gun violence prevention policies like universal background checks and reinstating a ban on assault weapons. Clinton proudly proclaimed, ‘We have to tackle the plague of gun violence’ during a spirited discussion on gun violence and race in America. Trump offered an incoherent mixed bag of policies.

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CSGV Statement: In First Debate, Hillary Clinton Promotes Gun Reform Policies Popular With A Majority of Americans; Donald Trump Gives Muddled Response On The Issue

“Secretary Clinton offered a clear vision for America that included strong gun violence prevention policies like universal background checks and reinstating a ban on assault weapons. Clinton proudly proclaimed, ‘We have to tackle the plague of gun violence’ during a spirited discussion on gun violence and race in America. Trump offered an incoherent mixed bag of policies.

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CSGV STATEMENT: DONALD TRUMP’S CONTINUED EMBRACE OF INSURRECTIONISM IS DEPLORABLE

“Trump’s pattern of inciting violence is deplorable -- plain and simple,” said CSGV Executive Director Josh Horwitz. “This type of language is dangerous and irresponsible. It has no place in the American political process and should be repudiated immediately by Americans of all political stripes.”

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BUD LIGHT RESCINDS SPONSORSHIP OF TED NUGENT CONCERT

Bud Light, the top-selling beer in the U.S., according to their parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (ADR), quietly pulled their sponsorship of controversial musician and long-time NRA board member Ted Nugent’s concert Saturday in Peoria, Illinois. The company removed their logos associated with the concert’s marketing efforts after a Media Matters blog and an online petition circulated by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) called attention to the corporate sponsorship. The petition received over 5,800 signatures in just a few days.

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COALITION TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE RESPONDS TO TRAGIC GUN VIOLENCE OVER LAST 72 HOURS

Mourning the tragic deaths of five Dallas police officers, the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Josh Horwitz, issued the following statement noting the role of the gun lobby in perpetuating the cultural climate of circular fear in which guns, including highly lethal assault weapons, have become ever-present in this country

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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PUSH TO CONTINUE AFTER FAILED VOTES IN SENATE

This is gun violence, America. It happens every single day. We have ways to stop it. Elected officials and their reliance on contributions from the gun lobby are the ones who are standing in the way.

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CSGV STATEMENT ON ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING; WORST IN US HISTORY

“The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s board, members, and employees, are devastated at the horror that resulted from this tragedy,” stated Executive Director Josh Horwitz. “Our thoughts are with the families, the Orlando community, and the entire state of Florida.”

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CSGV STATEMENT ON NEW SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REGULATION

This morning, President Obama announced a package aimed at reducing gun violence and creating safer communities for all Americans. One proposed regulation would give the Social Security Administration (SSA) authority to prospectively identify individuals who lack the capacity to safely handle firearms and include them in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

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MAN WHO THREATENS SCHOOL CHILDREN AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS HAS GUN RIGHTS REINSTATED BY MONTANA COURT

Kalispell, MT—The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is greatly disappointed in Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan’s decision to agree to defer prosecution against David Joseph Lenio, a man arrested last year for threatening to murder Kalispell school children and religious leaders in a series of Twitter posts.

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