We support common sense requirements to keep firearms away from children.
The U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit has upheld Maryland's assault weapons ban finding it consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in D.C. v. Heller.
To read the full decision of the Court of Appeals click on this link:
The League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund will present a panel discussion on Gun Safety: Responsible Use and Responsible Policy on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm at the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland. The program is free and open to the public.Read more
This article looks at various gun violence prevention measures and where effectiveness and and public appeal coincide. Measures where the experts and the general public seem to agree include the need for universal background checks, preventing sales of firearms to persons convicted of violent misdemeanors and domestic abuse, and convicted stalkers.
It is too early to know the details or render judgements but its not too early for each of us to think carefully about what we can do to try to prevent this from happening in our own homes. All firearms and ammunition should be locked up and stored separately. Beyond that key point it is also worth thinking about what type of secure storage is appropriate to our home situation. Keyed trigger or cable locks can certainly deter a young child if the key is not readily available. Combination storage safes or cabinets are more appropriate where teenagers or young adults can be present or to prevent criminal access. In some cases parents should consider removing firearms from the home altogether and storing them at a range or club. Safety education for both parents and kids is always critical.
Research based programs and practices to help protect children from gun violence in your homes, schools and communities
On the anniversary of the horrific school shooting of little children in Sandy Hook, parents turn grief into ideas to help protect other children from gun violence - "Know the Signs"
The Journal of the American Medical Association has published this comparison of firearms deaths in the U.S. to other similar wealthy countries around the world.
Firearms on Campuses: Research Evidence and Policy Implications, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
In summary, available data indicate that policies that allow individuals to bring firearms onto college campuses are unlikely to lead to fewer mass shootings or fewer casualties from those shootings. Mass shootings are a growing concern, but are still very rare events. Increasing gun availability in campus environments could make far more common acts of aggression, recklessness, or self-harm more deadly and, thus, have a deleterious impact on the safety of students, faculty, and staff.
Proposals to the 2017 Legislature include a soda tax or an income tax surcharge to help fund fish and wildlife programs.