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Mayors against illegal guns regional coalition meeting november 30 2006 atlanta georgia

Mayors Against Illegal Guns:Regional Coalition MeetingNovember 30, 2006Atlanta, Georgia


Mayors against illegal guns regional coalition meeting november 30 2006 atlanta georgia

State Legislative Update: Opportunities and Resources for Gun Policy Reform Legal Community Against ViolenceNina VinikLegal Director


Why state and regional policy reform

Why State and Regional Policy Reform?


Gun deaths by state 2003

Alabama: 765 deaths

Florida: 1,940 deaths

Georgia: 1,173 deaths

Louisiana: 847 deaths

Virginia: 811 deaths

Washington, D.C.: 167 deaths

Gun Deaths by State -- 2003

TOTAL: 5,703 deaths


Importance of state and local gun regulation

Importance of State and Local Gun Regulation

  • Federal Gun Laws are Weak and Have Only Gotten Weaker

    • Private sale loophole

    • No consumer product safety oversight

    • No limit on multiple sales/purchases

    • No waiting period


Importance of state and local gun regulation1

Importance of State and Local Gun Regulation

  • Federal Gun Laws are Weak and Have OnlyGotten Weaker

    • No limits on access to certain military-style firearms

    • Gun industry immunity (2005)

    • Limitations on ATF’s enforcement authority


Importance of state and local gun regulation2

Importance of State and Local Gun Regulation

  • State and Local Laws Make a Difference

    • Fill gaps in federal law

    • Address concerns of specific communities and regions

    • Improve community health and safety

    • Act as a catalyst for broader reform


Why a regional approach makes sense

Why a Regional Approach Makes Sense

  • ATF tells us that more than 40% of trafficking investigations involve interstate transfers

  • Regional trafficking (from neighboring states) is a significant factor


Why a regional approach makes sense1

Why a Regional Approach Makes Sense

  • Our neighbors are the source states for a significant number of our illegal guns.

    CityMajor source states

    Atlanta, GAAL, FL, NC

    Birmingham, AL GA, MS, FL

    Miami, FLGA, TX

    New Orleans, LAMS, TX, GA

    Richmond, VANC, GA, FL

    Washington, D.C.MD, VA, NC


Overview of state gun laws

Overview of State Gun Laws

  • Focus on Illegal Markets

  • Primary Sources of Illegal Guns

    • Corrupt Dealers

    • Unlicensed Sellers

    • Gun Shows

    • Firearms Theft

      • From dealers

      • From owners

    • Straw Purchasers


Policy approaches to problem of illegal guns

Policy Approaches to Problem of Illegal Guns

  • Dealer licensing and regulation

  • Require universal background checks on all transfers

  • Require background checks on all transfers at gun shows

  • Require reporting of lost or stolen firearms

  • Limit multiple purchases of handguns


Gun laws in alabama

Gun Laws in Alabama

  • Dealer Licensing/Regulation?Yes

  • Background Checks by Private Sellers? No

  • Background Checks at Gun Shows?No

  • Reporting of Lost/Stolen Firearms?No

  • Restrictions on Multiple Purchases/Sales?No


Gun laws in florida

Gun Laws in Florida

  • Dealer Licensing/Regulation?No

  • Background Checks by Private Sellers?No

  • Background Checks at Gun Shows?No

  • Reporting of Lost/Stolen Firearms?No

  • Restrictions on Multiple Purchases/Sales?No


Gun laws in georgia

Gun Laws in Georgia

  • Dealer Licensing/Regulation?Yes

  • Background Checks by Private Sellers?No

  • Background Checks at Gun Shows?No

  • Reporting of Lost/Stolen Firearms?No

  • Restrictions on Multiple Purchases/Sales?No


Gun laws in louisiana

Gun Laws in Louisiana

  • Dealer Licensing/Regulation?No

  • Background Checks by Private Sellers? No

  • Background Checks at Gun Shows?No

  • Reporting of Lost/Stolen Firearms?No

  • Restrictions on Multiple Purchases/Sales?No


Gun laws in virginia

Gun Laws in Virginia

  • Dealer Licensing/Regulation?

    No licensing, some regulation

  • Background Checks by Private Sellers? No

  • Background Checks at Gun Shows?No

  • Reporting of Lost/Stolen Firearms? Limited

  • Restrictions on Multiple Purchases/Sales?Yes


Gun laws in washington d c

Gun Laws in Washington, D.C.

  • Dealer Licensing/Regulation?Yes

  • Background Checks by Private Sellers? Yes

  • Background Checks at Gun Shows?Yes

  • Reporting of Lost/Stolen Firearms?Yes

  • Restrictions on Multiple Purchases/Sales?No


Other notable gun laws in the region

Other Notable Gun Laws in the Region

  • Delaware:

    • Licenses handgun dealers

  • Maryland:

    • Licenses dealers selling handgun and assault weapons

    • Requires background checks on private transfers of handguns and AWs

    • Limits handgun sales to one per person per month

  • South Carolina:

    • Licenses handgun dealers


Mayors against illegal guns regional coalition meeting november 30 2006 atlanta georgia

Opportunities for Reform and Regional Collaboration


Mayors against illegal guns regional coalition meeting november 30 2006 atlanta georgia

Summary of State Laws Addressing Illegal Gun MarketsAlabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Mayors against illegal guns regional coalition meeting november 30 2006 atlanta georgia

Legal Community Against Violence is a national public interest law center dedicated to preventing gun violence


Mayors against illegal guns regional coalition meeting november 30 2006 atlanta georgia

LCAV is the country's only organization devoted exclusively to providing legal assistance in support of gun violence prevention


Mayors against illegal guns regional coalition meeting november 30 2006 atlanta georgia

LCAV provides legal assistance to community leaders and advocates seeking local and statewide regulatory solutions to prevent gun violence.


Lcav who we serve

LCAV: Who We Serve

  • Mayors, City Council Members, County Supervisors and other Local Officials

  • Government Attorneys

  • Law Enforcement Officials

  • State Legislators and Agency Officials

  • Gun Violence Prevention Activists


Lcav what we do

LCAV: What We Do

  • Research and analysis of current law and options for reform

  • Develop regulatory policies and model laws

  • Draft laws and regulations for specific jurisdictions

  • Explain the legal significance of existing and proposed laws

  • Review existing and proposed laws and offer recommendations for improvement


Lcav what we do1

LCAV: What We Do

  • Respond to legal arguments raised against existing and proposed legislation

  • Evaluate legal issues related to the enforcement of existing laws and proposed legislation

  • Help secure pro bono litigation assistance, for example, when gun regulations are challenged in court


Lcav examples of our work

LCAV: Examples of our Work

  • Alabama: research to support legislation to require reporting of mental health info to FBI databases

  • Palm Beach County, Florida: research to assist County in opposing a bill to prevent police from maintaining lists of gun owners

  • Jackson, Mississippi: Advice on proposed ordinance regulating gun shows


Lcav website www lcav org

LCAV Website: www.lcav.org


Lcav website resources

LCAV Website/Resources


Lcav website www lcav org1

LCAV Website: www.lcav.org


Lcav publications

LCAV Publications

  • Guns Laws Do Make A Difference: An Analysis of the October 2003 CDC Study Evaluating the Effectiveness of Firearms Laws (2003)

  • Consumer Regulation of Handguns by the Illinois Attorney General (2003)

  • Banning Assault Weapons – A Legal Primer for State and Local Action (2004)

  • Regulating Guns in America – An Evaluation and Comparative Analysis of Federal, State and Selected Local Gun Laws (2006)


Mayors against illegal guns regional coalition meeting november 30 2006 atlanta georgia

Legal Community Against Violence

268 Bush Street, #555

San Francisco, CA

415-433-2062

Illinois Address:

P.O. Box 7077

Evanston, IL

847-733-1855

To request assistance:

Contact Nina Vinik, Legal Director at 847-733-1855 or [email protected]


Mayors against illegal guns regional coalition meeting november 30 2006 atlanta georgia

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