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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CSGV STATEMENT ON VIRGINIA GOVERNOR SIGNING GUN BILLS INTO LAW

Today, Governor McAuliffe signed into law three pieces of legislation that make up his gun deal with the National Rifle Association and Republican lawmakers. These new laws include: (1) concealed carry reciprocity agreements with all 49 states, (2) a prohibition on possession of guns for the subjects of permanent protective orders, and (3) presence of Virginia State Police at all Virginia guns shows to perform voluntary background checks.

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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GROUPS MAKE UNITED STAND AGAINST UNIVERSAL CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY BILL IN VIRGINIA

Richmond, VA—More than 50 gun violence prevention (GVP) groups—from Virginia and across the country—have signed onto letters calling on Governor Terry McAuliffe to veto HB1163/SB610, a dangerous universal concealed carry reciprocity bill.

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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GROUP APPLAUDS DECOUPLING OF LEGISLATION IN VIRGINIA GUN DEAL

Richmond, VA—The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence—a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to ensuring freedom from gun violence in America—applauds the removal of enactment clauses from HB1386/SB715 and HB1391/SB49, important pieces of gun violence prevention legislation that were the subject of recent negotiations between the National Rifle Association, Virginia Republicans, and the administration of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

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GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GROUP CALLS ON NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION TO REMOVE TED NUGENT FROM ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOLLOWING ANTI-SEMITIC POSTINGS

Washington, DC—The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is calling on the National Rifle Association (NRA) to remove Ted Nugent from its Board of Directors following a series of anti-Semitic postings by the rock musician on Facebook yesterday.

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GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE AGREES TO BAD DEAL ON GUNS WITH NRA

Richmond, VA—The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is describing a deal negotiated by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, the National Rifle Association and Republicans in the General Assembly as a “mistake” and urging the governor to either lobby for stronger gun reform provisions or drop the legislation altogether.

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GOVERNOR, LIEUTENTANT GOVERNOR, AND ATTORNEY GENERAL TO JOIN GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCATES AT VIGIL & ADVOCACY EVENT ON MLK DAY

Richmond, VA—On Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Governor McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring will join the Virginia Center for Public Safety (VACPS), gun violence survivors, and gun violence prevention advocates from across the state for a Vigil to Remember Victims of Gun Violence and Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Richmond.

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