2022 was a landmark year in the fight for gun safety. After horrific shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, we helped support the passage of the first federal gun violence prevention legislation in 30 years. 



In 2012, the murder of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook led to a filibuster in Congress. Ten years later, another shooting at an elementary school resulted in bipartisan action.

The passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in the summer of 2022 was possible only because of the movement built in the decade between the shootings at Sandy Hook and Uvalde. During this time, we helped pass more than 525 gun safety laws in nearly every state and elected gun safety champions up and down the ballot. 

In 2022, we also officially launched Giffords Center for Violence Intervention, which helps secure funding and advocate for community-based organizations working in underserved communities.

But the year was not without its challenges and setbacks. In June, the Supreme Court issued a dangerous, ahistorical decision striking down New York State’s concealed carry permitting law, making it easier to carry hidden, loaded guns in public. Our team has been working tirelessly to advise lawmakers and advocates on the new Second Amendment landscape and defend commonsense, constitutional gun laws nationwide.

Despite the tremendous progress made in 2022, there’s so much more work to be done. We’re so grateful for your support, which fuels this fight. 

“We are living in challenging times, but we are up for the challenge. When people care for each other and work together, progress is possible. A better world is possible.”

—Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords


Nearly 40,000 Americans lose their lives to gun violence every year. In communities, courts, and ballot boxes nationwide, Giffords fights to save lives from gun violence. Will you join us?


The gun safety movement overcame gun lobby opposition to pass bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation. 

For 10 years, Giffords laid the groundwork for the passage of federal legislation. We lobbied Congress. We passed hundreds of state gun laws. We released reports, scorecards, and studies demonstrating the effectiveness of gun laws—policies that are supported by the vast majority of the American people

In the summer of 2022, Americans collectively said “enough.” The time was finally right for change. Giffords worked with gun safety champions in Congress, led by Senator Chris Murphy, to pass one of only six significant federal gun safety laws in the past 100 years.

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act made the following changes:

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is an important step in the right direction and proof that progress is possible, but much more needs to be done. We won’t rest until we live in a country where no child or parent has to live with the fear of being shot. 


The lifesaving work we do at Giffords Law Center wouldn’t be possible without the courageous, committed leadership of our board of directors.

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2022 at a glance

Over the course of the year, our experts worked to help pass lifesaving state and federal legislation, defend hard-won progress from gun lobby challenges, and educate the public about the stakes of this crisis.

We’re fighting back against the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s dangerous decision in Bruen.

We honored Senator Chris Murphy and the tremendous achievement of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

In 2022, we launched the biggest bilingual gun safety political program focused entirely on Florida.

The new Giffords Center for Violence Intervention supports lifesaving community-based programs on the front lines.

In September, we hosted the largest-ever gathering of gun owners passionate about gun violence prevention.

Our Spanish-language hub enables us to reach new audiences with our publications and advocacy.

In 2022, 21 states and Washington DC passed 91 strong gun safety bills.

The confirmation of Steven Dettelbach as ATF director represented an important step forward for gun safety.




The generous support of the following foundations made our lifesaving progress possible in 2022.

We’re endlessly grateful to the below list of philanthropic foundations, whose investments facilitated our efforts in the fight to save lives. Many of these organizations are long-term partners whose continued support is essential to our work. 

2022 Foundation Support

  • Androcles Foundation
  • Astera Fund
  • William M. Backer Foundation
  • The Banjo Fund
  • The BDM Family Foundation
  • The Birches Foundation
  • The Brotman Foundation of California
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • Cobb Foundation
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • E&B Family Trust
  • The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
  • FThree Foundation
  • G Foundation Corporation
  • The Griffith Family Foundation
  • The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Grace & Laurance Hoagland Fund
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • Kaiser Charitable Gift Fund
  • Kelson Foundation
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • The LEAP Fund
  • Chris & Melody Malachowsky Family Foundation
  • MET Foundation
  • Micheli Family Foundation Inc.
  • Modestus Bauer Foundation
  • The Morningstar Foundation
  • Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • New Venture Fund/Fund for a Safer Future
  • PVH Foundation
  • Norman Raab Foundation
  • Roots & Wings Foundation
  • Samuels Family Foundation
  • Harold Simmons Foundation
  • Solidarity Giving
  • van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
  • Vermont Community Foundation
  • Vitalogy Foundation
  • Wild Thyme Fund


Every day, the experts at Giffords Law Center work tirelessly to craft, enact, and defend the gun safety policies and programs that save lives. A safer America is within reach, but we need your courage and commitment to get there.




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Below is a detailed breakdown of our 2022 financials.

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, our 501(c)3 organization, receives funding from individual donors, foundations, law firms, and corporations. In 2022, as in previous years, the majority of our revenue was spent on our efforts to save lives from gun violence through research, legislation, litigation, and community violence intervention strategies. The below financials are limited to Giffords Law Center and do not represent funding or revenue for other Giffords entities. 




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