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Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund

New York, NY


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.

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John Feinblatt

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Po Box 4184

New York, NY 10163 USA


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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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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 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).

Everytown's work is most effective when policymakers enact evidenced-based gun laws that prevent gun violence and save lives. Everytown evaluates the impact of our table-setting, 501c3 initiatives in several ways.

Because we commission public opinion polls, we can determine the extent to which we are influencing the public conversation around guns over time. We also track news coverage, particularly in states where we are most active. Local stories and op-eds by local influencers can be just as important as national stories, and we analyze coverage to determine whether it is using our messaging and citing our research.

For our digital campaigns, we set specific engagement goals and measure the results. We have the ability to quantify how widely our email supporters share a particular call to action, which tells us how effectively we are connecting with our base.

We are also increasingly measuring the impact of state gun laws – and in doing so, establishing best practices for those laws' implementation.

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

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