Rights and Justice

Gun Violence Prevention

Our goal is to reduce gun violence by enacting strong gun laws, increasing investment in local solutions, and growing the movement dedicated to this mission.

Gun control advocates take part in a candlelight vigil to honor of the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, August 2019. (Getty/Michael A. McCoy/The Washington Post)

What We're Doing

Implement strong gun policies

The United States has fallen far behind its peer nations when it comes to keeping communities safe from gun violence. We work to develop federal and state legislative and executive action strategies to reduce gun violence and save lives.

Increase oversight of the gun industry

A combination of weak laws and lack of resources has left the gun industry in the United States essentially unregulated. We work to shine a light on this problem and develop effective solutions to ensure that this industry is required to help solve the epidemic of gun violence.

Support for public health and community-based solutions

Laws alone are not enough. Reducing gun violence requires a dedicated investment in public health approaches and community-based violence intervention programs.

Build an effective national coalition

We partner with national, state, and local gun violence prevention allies and organizations to harness our collective power to make meaningful change.

Featured Work


Frequently Asked Questions About Gun Trafficking Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions About Gun Trafficking

U.S. firearms are trafficked with alarming frequency, increasing violence in the United States and across international borders.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gun Industry Immunity Fact Sheet
The National Rifle Association (NRA) holds its annual meeting and convention in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 21, 2016. (Getty/NurPhoto/Zach D Roberts)

Frequently Asked Questions About Gun Industry Immunity

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act prevents the gun industry from being held accountable for harm caused and disincentivizes the industry from ensuring consumer safety.

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence and Firearms Fact Sheet
Demonstrators on Capitol Hill hold up placards representing the number of the people who have died due to gun violence, Washington, D.C., June 2019 (Getty/AFP/Jim Watson)

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence and Firearms

Serious gaps in federal law allow loopholes for some domestic violence abusers to access firearms, intensifying harm in moments that are already dangerous for survivors.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ghost Guns Fact Sheet
 (Ghost guns that were secured by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department are on display during a press conference held by Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) in Washington, D.C., February 2020.)

Frequently Asked Questions About Ghost Guns

Homemade firearms that can be procured without a background check and do not have serial numbers, known as ghost guns, pose unique risks to community safety.

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