National Leadership on Gun Violence
Co-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Co-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The coalition included more than 1,000 Democratic, Republican and Independent mayors, and 1.5 million grassroots supporters dedicated to common sense gun safety reforms.
Shaped National Gun Debate
The coalition issued a print for action that became the foundation for the Obama Administration’s plan to reduce gun violence.
Founded Independence USA PAC
A political action committee was created to support underdog candidates running against candidates backed by the gun lobby.
Advertising campaigns were run to hold elected officials in 13 states accountable for their votes on universal background checks.
The coalition persuaded the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science to increase funding to $50 million to train local law enforcement, improve the NICS background check system, and fund federal prosecutors.
Developed Research on Public Health Impacts of Gun Laws
The coalition developed new research into the public health impacts of dangerous gun laws. Research and reports focused on the gun lobby’s efforts to restrict research and the accessibility of illegal guns through online and private sales.
Universal Background Check Legislation
Mayors Against Illegal Guns helped pass universal background check legislation in states including Connecticut, Colorado, and Delaware. The coalition also won partial legislative victories in New Mexico and Nevada.
Firearms Retail Partnership
The Mayor’s coalition developed a responsible firearms retail partnership with Wal-Mart Stores to adopt a ten point gun sale safety code, including employee responsibility training, videotaping point of sale transactions, and signing a purchaser declaration.
Repealing the Tiahrt Amendments
The coalition led the effort to repeal the Tiahrt Amendments that prevent local law enforcement from accessing gun trace data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Defeated “Reciprocity” Legislation
The coalition helped defeat NRA-supported “reciprocity” legislation that would have undermined States’ gun laws by allowing citizens with concealed carry permits in their home states to legally carry their concealed firearms in other states, even if the other states have higher standards for such permits.
Tracked Illegal Sale of Long Guns
The coalition persuaded the Obama Administration to track the illegal sale of long guns in the four states bordering Mexico, where gun trafficking is a major problem.
Fix Gun Checks and No More Names National Drives
The coalition launched two national tours that garnered support for common-sense background checks on all gun sales.
Second Chance on Shoot First Campaign
The coalition launched the Second Chance on Shoot First campaign to fight “shoot first” laws that have led to a dramatic increase in “justified homicides” in Florida and 25 other states.