This week, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Everytown for Gun Safety jointly filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of Florida in Love v. State of Florida, a case involving the state’s Stand Your Ground law. The case involves a woman who raised a Stand Your Ground defense to a charge of attempted second degree murder with a firearm.
As more information continues to emerge regarding this weekend’s deadly shooting that killed 11 innocent Jewish members of a Pittsburgh-area synagogue, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released a new analysis of hate crimes and gun violence in the United States, noting the 60 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, the largest single-year increase on record. The organization decried the easy access to weapons of war that allowed such hatred to fester into violence, and called on voters across the country to make their voices heard next week against this ongoing horror.
This morning, an anti-Semitic man attacked and shot members of Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, PA for nothing more than honoring their faith and their traditions. With reports of at least eight dead and several more injured, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement expressing outrage at yet another mass shooting in America.
Yesterday in Jacksonville, FL, six people were wounded in a street shooting, three critically. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement, noting the state’s repeated high-profile gun issues and the opportunity voters have to change that legacy.
Today, Officer Kurt Stokinger and his wife, Janella, filed suit against the online gun sales website Armslist, Grant Headley, and Sarah Johnson in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Officer Stokinger was shot in January 2016 by Headley, a prohibited purchaser who had bought the gun from Johnson, a gun runner who was illegally selling guns purchased from Armslist.
As the midterm elections draw closer, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released its final, bipartisan set of Congressional and state-level endorsements. Today’s announcement of 17 endorsements brings Brady’s list of gun safety champions to over 100 across the country.
More than three years after a white supremacist shot and murdered nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed an amicus brief with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting a lawsuit brought by the victims’ families. The suit, which was brought against the federal government, had alleged that the government should be liable for the numerous failures during the background check process that allowed the shooter to obtain his guns. The case was dismissed earlier this year and is currently on appeal.
As the country recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and ahead of the Week of Action, a new report highlights that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been the victim of physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. Many of these domestic violence cases result in a shooting, with one out of every three women murdered in 2016 being killed by an intimate partner with a gun.
In April 2013, Kirsten Englund was shot and killed by a man with a mental health problem whose mother had illegally purchased two guns on his behalf. Today, Kirsten’s family is announcing a landmark settlement in their lawsuit against J&G Sales, a national online gun dealer, and World Pawn Exchange, a firearms dealer in Oregon.
With just one month remaining until the 2018 midterm elections, voters across the country are ready to make their voices heard in support of gun safety champions in their communities. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced its latest round of endorsements for Senate, the House of Representatives, state office, and state ballot initiatives.