Virginia Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT:
Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team
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Bill to Establish Virginia Center for Firearm Violence Intervention  & Prevention Moves Forward

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence applauds advancement of bill that would approach gun violence as a public health epidemic

RICHMOND — Today, the Virginia Senate passed a bill, (SB487), in a bipartisan vote aimed at addressing the ever-increasing public health epidemic of gun violence in the Commonwealth. This bill, patroned by Senator Jennifer McClellan of Richmond, would establish the first Virginia Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention at the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The bill now moves to the House of Delegates for consideration. In response, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas issued the following statement:

“It’s time the Commonwealth addresses the root causes of gun violence. Today, members of the Virginia Senate showed their commitment to protecting their constituents from the deadly gun violence epidemic that has plagued this state for too many years. 

“This bill, if enacted into law, would establish the Virginia Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention to administer grants to local government agencies, community-based organizations and hospitals to support implementation of evidence-based gun violence intervention and prevention programs. Different examples of implementation include street outreach, hospital-based violence intervention and group violence intervention programs. Moreover, the Center would also focus on research, data collection, information sharing among state agencies and stakeholders, evaluations of current programs, transparent reports, training of public safety officials and support of locality efforts.

“CSGV applauds Virginia senators who listened to their constituents and advanced this bill, bringing us one step closer to creating a safer, more secure Commonwealth with more effective gun violence prevention programs and services, especially in Black and Brown communities disproportionately affected by gun violence. 

“We will continue to work with legislators and our partners across Virginia to advance this bill through both chambers and eventually to Governor Younkin’s desk to be signed into law.”

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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.

View Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s 2022 Virginia Bill tracker to view updates on all bills the organization is monitoring during the legislative session. 

 

 

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