Press Releases

Law to Reduce Gun Deaths in WA State Goes Into Effect

Dec 08, 2016

A new law that allows family and law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from a person in crisis goes into effect in Washington state today.



“Speak for Safety” Campaign Launches to Educate Public on Law to Temporarily Remove Guns from Persons in Crisis

Nov 17, 2016

In California, 53 percent of all gun deaths are suicides, and roughly four suicides by a firearm occur every day. Often family members are the first to know when a loved one is in crisis and poses a potential risk to themselves or others. The GVRO offers family, household members, and law enforcement a process to remove firearms from someone in a temporary crisis situation.



Guns Make Domestic Violence Lethal; Reducing Firearm Access Saves Lives

Oct 17, 2016

Research shows that easy access to guns turns domestic violence fatal. More than half – 55 percent – of American women killed with a gun are killed by an intimate partner or family member. Women in abusive relationships are 500 percent more likely to be killed when their abusers have access to guns. Evidence also shows that states that restrict abusers’ firearms access can reduce the risk of domestic homicide by as much as 25 percent.



Washington Ballot Initiative 1491 Will Save Lives Indicates Analysis of Connecticut Law

Sep 20, 2016

Evidence shows Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) can save lives. A new report released by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence shows how such protection orders can be a valuable tool in reducing gun deaths in Washington. The report examines newly released data on the success of a similar policy in Connecticut that has been in effect for over a decade.