Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund

New York, NY   |  www.everytown.org

Mission

The Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund was formed both to educate the public about the detrimental effects of illegal guns in order to reduce gun violence in the United States and to lessen the burdens of government by assisting American local governments and law enforcement agencies in their efforts to develop effective policies to combat illegal guns. The Fund supports programmatic activities of approximately 1000 mayors in the coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, as well as other government officials and law enforcement leaders.

Ruling year info

2008

President

John Feinblatt

Main address

Po Box 4184

New York, NY 10163 USA

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Formerly known as

United Against Illegal Guns

EIN

26-1598353

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Gun Violence Research

While the NRA continues to block federal funding for public health research on gun violence, our in-house staff conducts and publishes our own primary research and investigations. We use this research to build the intellectual foundation for our policy priorities, particularly in states where lead ballot or legislative campaigns.

In 2016-2017 alone, we have published six groundbreaking reports:
• Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in American Cities examines over 35 approaches in over 25 cities. It is a primer on what is known about the issue, identifies questions that researchers are still grappling with, and gives examples of how cities have harnessed data to better understand the specific local factors that drive gun violence.
• Mass Shootings in the United States: 2009-2016 analyzes FBI data and media reports of all mass shootings in the last eight years. The data indicates that 54% of all mass shootings are related to domestic or family violence and oftentimes warning signs existed in advance of the shooting indicating that the shooter posed a risk to themselves or others.
• A Census of Intimate Partner Gun Homicides in Nevada documents how gaps in the law give domestic abusers easy access to guns. Women in Nevada are 65 percent more likely to be shot to death by an intimate partner than women in other states.
• The Wild, Wild Web shows how prohibited gun purchasers use Nevada’s online gun marketplace to evade criminal background checks. Nearly one in 11 Nevadans (8.7 percent) shopping online for guns are not legally allowed to own firearms – potentially putting 3,100 guns into dangerous hands in Nevada in one year.
• Thousands of Guns, No Background Check Required reveals that Maine’s unlicensed gun sellers place close to 3,000 ads for guns available without background checks each year.
• Danger in the Land of Enchantment shows that on just two popular websites in New Mexico, unlicensed sellers post more than 4,000 ads for guns annually. One in every 15 individuals (6.7 percent) attempting to buy guns from Everytown investigators was found to have a criminal record that made it illegal for them to buy or possess a gun.

Also interesting is our creation of first-of-their-kind, custom databases for incidents that attract significant public attention but are not rigorously catalogued – unintentional child shootings and school shootings. No one, not even the federal government, tracks and logs these shootings like Everytown does. For us, counting those shootings is the first step towards doing something about them.

Population(s) Served

There is currently no one-stop source – not even on state or official websites – for information on America’s various (and occasionally incongruent) local, state, and federal gun laws. The information that is available is difficult to find and understand.

Everytown’s in-house attorneys – the country’s foremost specialists in gun law and policy – are creating straightforward, user-friendly explanations of this patchwork of gun laws that can help educate policymakers and journalists:
• A first-of-its-kind website called the Gun Law Navigator will allow users to compare the strength of state gun laws, track trends over time, and identify the gaps in the laws of a particular state.
• Duke Law School is using Everytown research to create a public database showing that strong gun laws date back to the country’s founding – a critical contribution to Second Amendment scholarship.

In an extreme political environment, we increasingly expect the courts to play a role in resolving a host of issues, and we plan to invest in both affirmative and defensive litigation accordingly.

Population(s) Served

Everytown’s success over the past three years owes a great deal to our intensive effort to build our online supporter base and empower local volunteers. Through targeted emails, SMS texts, Facebook, and Twitter, we educate and engage:
• A 50-state network of active Moms Demand Action volunteers and
• the Everytown Survivor Network, which last year doubled in size to more than 1,200 members.

We have 3.9 million online supporters now, and our goal is to reach 4.5 million by the end of 2017.

We also recognize that gun safety is too complex to address only with laws – which is why we use cultural vehicles to engage more Americans on our issue:
• We lead the Wear Orange campaign for gun safety and awareness, modeled on pink for breast cancer and red for HIV/AIDS. On National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 2nd), there were more than 250 events across the country, and more than 150 American buildings lit up orange. Major corporations, landmarks, and artists and actors all participated, including Viacom and Univision, the Empire State Building, and Julianne Moore.
• The Everytown Creative Council, founded and chaired by Julianne Moore, brings together more than 130 artists to help grow the gun safety movement. Prior to Election Day 2016, we released a series of short videos featuring Saturday Night Live alum and Creative Council member Rachel Dratch, to support our Gun Sense Voter campaign.

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Context Notes

Everytown top legislative priority is passing universal background checks, which we know is the surest way to prevent criminals from obtaining guns. Since 2013, 7 states have passed these laws.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund seeks to improve America's understanding of the causes of gun violence and the means to reduce it.

Through original research and targeted grants, Everytown fills gaps in mainstream research and journalism, educates the public about evidence-based policies for reducing gun violence, and builds the intellectual foundation for our policy priorities.

Research: While the NRA continues to block federal funding for public health research on gun violence, our in-house staff conducts and publishes our own primary research and investigations.

Legal Expertise: Our in-house attorneys – the country's foremost specialists in gun law and policy – educate policymakers and journalists about America's patchwork of local, state, and federal gun laws. For example, Everytown's Gun Law Navigator (available at www.everytownresearch.org) is the largest historical database of modern U.S. gun laws. It allows researchers, reporters, and advocates to compare the strength of state gun laws and track trends over time, dating back to 1991.

Digital Education: Through targeted emails, SMS texts, Facebook, and Twitter, we educate and engage Everytown's nearly four million online supporters.

Grassroots Training: Through intensive efforts we have built a dedicated, well-informed grassroots base, led by our Moms Demand Action volunteers and gun violence survivors. Overall we have more than 50,000 active grassroots volunteers, and we lead volunteer chapters in all 50 states.

Cultural Engagement: Gun safety is too complex to address only with laws – which is why we use cultural vehicles to engage more Americans on this issue. We lead the Wear Orange campaign for gun safety and awareness, modeled on pink for breast cancer. Our Creative Council (founded and chaired by Julianne Moore) and Authors Council bring together more than 275 artists and writers to help amplify the gun safety message and grow our movement.

Grants: Our grant recipients further help fill gaps in information. We are the seed donor to The Trace, a news website launched in 2015 to bolster media coverage of the culture, policy, and politics of guns. We also support select academic and think tank research, including studies of underground gun markets (at Harvard and Johns Hopkins) and the impact of gun violence on cities' economic health (Urban Institute).

Since Everytown launched in April 2014, we have published 20 original reports, on topics including illegal online gun sales, the nexus of guns and domestic violence, and strategies for reducing gun violence in American cities. Several of those reports helped educate policymakers and the public in states where we waged successful campaigns for gun safety ballot initiatives (Nevada and Washington State) and legislation (Oregon).

Also interesting is our creation of first-of-their-kind, custom databases for incidents that attract significant public attention but are not rigorously catalogued – unintentional child shootings and school shootings. No one, not even the federal government, tracks and logs these shootings like Everytown does. For us, counting those shootings is the first step toward doing something about them.

Our research reports and databases are available at www.EverytownResearch.org.

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Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Feinblatt