Passing gun safety laws isn’t enough—these laws must be effectively and equitably implemented in order to save lives.
Just as there is no one cause of gun violence, there is no single solution that will end all gun violence. Each type of gun violence calls for a diverse set of policies and tools that can be applied to prevent and intervene most effectively. Learn more by accessing our new Implementation Toolkit for Gun Safety Laws.
THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPLEMENTATION
Feb 07, 2020
Robust implementation of gun safety laws and community-based approaches to violence prevention is critical to ensuring that policies and procedures are shared widely, understood sufficiently, and resourced appropriately. Policies should also be developed with input from a diverse set of stakeholders and applied fairly in order to prevent unintended negative consequences.
Giffords has extensive experience working with policymakers, communities, and organizations on implementing gun laws. We convene stakeholders, provide examples of policies, and offer technical assistance and training to address specific issues, concerns, and challenges. We’re also committed to identifying connections between various types of gun violence to support effective interventions and coordination among key stakeholders.
In addition to the resources here, our reports provide examples of how various policies and approaches have been or could be implemented, including, for example, use of extreme risk protection orders in Broward County, Florida, and the results of community violence prevention work in Oakland, California.
HERE TO HELP
Interested in partnering with us to draft, enact, or implement lifesaving gun safety legislation in your community? Our attorneys provide free assistance to lawmakers, public officials, and advocates working toward solutions to the gun violence crisis.CONTACT US
A. M. Zeoli, et al., “Analysis of the Strength of Legal Firearms Restrictions for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and Their Associations With Intimate Partner Homicide,” American Journal of Epidemiology 187, no. 11 (2018): 2365–2371.
Extreme risk laws save lives
For every 10 to 20 guns removed under Connecticut’s and Indiana’s extreme risk laws, approximately one life was saved through an averted suicide.
Jeffrey W. Swanson, et al., “Implementation and Effectiveness of Connecticut’s Risk–based Gun Removal Law: Does it Prevent Suicides,” Law & Contemporary Problems 80, (2017): 179–208; Jeffrey W. Swanson, et al., “Criminal Justice and Suicide Outcomes with Indiana’s Risk-Based Gun Seizure Law,” The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, (2019).
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports, “Crime in the United States,” last accessed Aug. 14, 2020, https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s. Giffords Law Center used Violent Crime Table 8 for the years 2012 and 2018 to pull data for Camden, NJ.
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Gun violence costs our nation 40,000 lives each year. We can’t sit back as politicians fail to act tragedy after tragedy. Giffords Law Center brings the fight to save lives to communities, statehouses, and courts across the country—will you stand with us?
Every American should be able to live, work, and play in their community free from the threat of gun violence.
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