38,000 AMERICANS DIE FROM GUN VIOLENCE EACH YEAR.

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

Fighting gun violence is crucial for protecting our kids and communities. This uniquely American crisis touches every corner of the country.

We know solutions like background checks save lives. But we need leaders who will fight for them.

No more excuses. No more thoughts and prayers without action. No more delay. Together, we can save lives.

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GUN LAW SCORECARD

The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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COURAGEOUS VOICES

Students and activists. Faith leaders and business leaders. Parents and educators. Veterans and gun owners. The vast majority of Americans stand with us for safer laws. 

Hear from some of them, in their own words, why they’re in this fight. 

America Leads High-Income Nations in Gun Violence

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We have a vision for America. In our America, children are safe in their classrooms and neighborhoods. It’s easier for someone in crisis to get mental healthcare than a weapon. And every community experiences freedom and justice—not fear and discrimination.

The good news is that this dream is possible. Our experts have researched, written, and defended the laws and programs that can make this vision a reality. Explore some of the many solutions to America’s gun violence epidemic below. We have the power to save countless lives and build a safer future.

Solutions that Save Lives

  • Universal background checks ensure that everyone buying a gun undergoes a federal background check. They are a fundamental step to keep guns away from potential shooters. 
  • Extreme risk protection orders enable the temporary removal of guns from someone in crisis. Sometimes called “red flag laws,” they prevent suicides, mass shootings and more.
  • Firearm licensing is common sense: if you need a license to drive a car, you should need a license to own a gun.
  • Community violence intervention strategies invest in community-based partnerships that interrupt cycles of violence in underserved communities. This proven approach is saving countless lives in the cities that support it.
  • Child access prevention and safe storage laws protect kids at home by ensuring parents safely secure their guns to prevent underage access and unnecessary tragedy.
  • Closing the boyfriend loophole would fill a deadly gap in our domestic violence laws. Abusive boyfriends shouldn’t be allowed to own guns—but they are.
  • Funding research into gun violence is essential for understanding our gun violence epidemic and evaluating solutions from a public health standpoint.

Dangers to Public Safety

  • Ghost guns are DIY firearms made at home. They’re unregulated and untraceable. That makes them a top choice for criminals—and an existential threat to existing gun laws.
  • Arming teachers puts students at tremendous risk. We should keep guns out of schools, not encourage more. 
  • Open and concealed carry laws loosen restrictions on who can carry deadly weapons in public, escalating conflicts in places that should be safe for all.
  • Stand Your Ground laws are racist, dangerous, and unnecessary. The NRA has pushed these laws nationwide with deadly and unjust consequences. 
  • Assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are specifically designed to kill as many people in as little time as possible, turning mass shootings even more deadly. 
  • The corporate gun lobby corrupts politicians into voting for laws that prioritize gun manufacturer profits over American lives. But after years of extremism, its influence is waning.
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GUN VIOLENCE STATISTICS

Explore facts, figures, and original analysis compiled by our experts. To end our gun violence crisis, we need to better understand where, how, and why violence occurs.

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JOIN THE FIGHT

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?