Lindsay Nichols

Federal Policy Director, Giffords Law Center

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Lindsay Nichols joined Giffords Law Center in June 2006 as a staff attorney and later senior staff attorney, and is now the organization’s federal policy director. As a leading advocate for gun violence prevention for over a decade, Lindsay has played an essential role in drafting many of the new state laws addressing the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. Bills she has drafted have become laws in Delaware and New Jersey, and particular provisions have been incorporated into laws enacted in California, Illinois, and Washington State. She has also provided organizations and advocates with skilled research and comparative analysis regarding gun laws and legislation on myriad topics, including background checks, domestic violence, concealed carry, and the intersection of mental illness and guns.

In her role as federal policy director, Lindsay provides legal and policy analysis regarding how the gun lobby’s federal agenda would impact state and local communities across the country and helps craft stronger proposals to address gun violence in America. She has testified before Congress and numerous state and local governmental bodies as a gun law expert. Her commentary on firearm policy has been quoted in the Washington Post, the Associated Press, Newsweek, the New York Times, USA Today, Mother Jones, CNN, and many other outlets.

Prior to joining Giffords Law Center, Lindsay was a litigation associate at Severson & Werson, APC, in San Francisco. She earned her BA with Honors from Wesleyan University, an MA from UCLA, and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she was a member of the California Law Review.