Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

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Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
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Formation 1993 (1993)
Founded at San Francisco, California, USA
Type 501(c)(3)
Headquarters San Francisco, California, USA[1]
Mission "[P]roviding comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention and the promotion of smart gun laws that save lives."[1]
Website smartgunlaws.org

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV), previously known as the Legal Community Against Violence, is a national public interest law center which provides legal assistance to elected officials, government attorneys, and activists in the United States to promote gun control and to oppose gun violence. LCPGV also publishes information about gun laws and gun control. The organization has been active in promoting gun control ordinances in California and elsewhere, as well as conducting litigation to defend gun control laws against challenges.[2]

History[edit]

LCPGV was established in the wake of a shooting attack on a law firm in downtown San Francisco on July 1, 1993. A gunman armed with several weapons, including a semi-automatic pistol, shot 14 people at the law firm of Pettit and Martin at 101 California Street in San Francisco before turning a gun on himself. In response, Bay Area lawyers established LCPGV.[3]

LCPGV started in 1993 by focusing on the local regulation of firearms in California, adopting a "local ordinance project" that successfully promoted the adoption of local gun laws in many municipalities.[4][5] By 1999, the organization began to develop a national strategy,[6] initially focusing on Colorado, Illinois, and Ohio, where state law permitted broad local regulation of firearms.[2]

In 2001, LCPGV launched a website to provide access to detailed gun law and policy-related materials such as summaries of federal, state and local firearms laws; detailed discussion of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; summaries of firearm-related policies; research and analysis on firearms law and policy; amicus curiae briefs filed in firearm-related litigation; and model legislation] for states and localities. The website, also called the Firearms Law Center, was designed to aid local efforts to adopt new gun control ordinances.[7][8]

With the launch of the site, LCPGV formally began offering legal support to activists and officials across the country. LCPGV launched a membership program to strengthen the legal community’s role in helping to promote gun control and continues to publish comprehensive reports and analyses of gun violence. Following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, which ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for lawful purposes, LCPGV has become increasingly involved in Second Amendment litigation by tracking cases raising Second Amendment claims.[9]

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