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
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.
“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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.