Alliance Victories

Since the Alliance formed in 2013, we’ve helped pass 22 gun safety bills in the Washington State Legislature and three ballot initiatives! We’ve helped elect a true gun responsibility majority in Olympia and have made great strides in our implementation, research, education and community engagement work. Read on for some of our highlights.

To the beginning
2019

The Tacoma City Council passes a tax on firearms and ammunition.

The tax is modeled after Seattle's 2015 tax.

The Victory Fund helps elect 38 candidates in local races across Washington State.

For the first time ever, they include school board candidates.

The Foundation hosts two Summits.

The Pierce County Summit looks at King County's successful model of addressing the intersection of gun violence and domestic violence. The King County Summit addresses the intersection of hate and gun violence.

Gov. Inslee creates a 10-point plan to address the rise of white nationalism.

The Alliance works closely with the Governor to develop the plan.

The WA State Legislature allocates $1 million in state funding for gun violence prevention research.

Harborview Injury and Prevention Research Center (HIPRC) will study risk factors for gun-related injuries and deaths, analyze the impact of gun laws, and develop strategies to reduce the devastating toll of gun violence in the state.

Ten gun responsibility priority bills pass through the WA State Legislature, more than were passed in all past sessions combined.

The 10 bills are: SHB 1225, EHB 1465, SHB 1739, SHB 1786, SHB 1949, SSB 5027, SSB 5181, SB 5205, SB 5508, and SSB 5954.

2018

The Foundation produces three key educational resources.

Along with our national partners, we produce an Extreme Risk Protection Order toolkit, GunProtectionOrder.org and DisarmDV.org.

Washingtonians elect the state's first true gun responsibility majority to the WA State Legislature.

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility Victory Fund helped elect 67 candidates at every level of government.

The Foundation hosts two educational summits focused on domestic violence.

For the first time, one is held in Eastern Washington.

I-1639 passes.

The Alliance's third ballot initiative passes with nearly 60 percent of the vote statewide. It is the most comprehensive gun violence prevention measure in state history, strengthening rules for purchasing semi-automatic assault rifles and establishing a safe storage incentive.

The Regional Domestic Violence and Firearms Enforcement Unit collects 400% more firearms than the previous year.

March for our Lives occurs across the nation.

Parkland students inspire a new generation of gvp advocates to join the movement.

The WA State Legislature passes four gun responsibility priority bills.

They include domestic violence protections (SB 6298), a first-in-the-nation suicide prevention bill (SB 5553), a bill to prohibit bump stocks (ESSB 5992) and changes to concealed pistol licenses (HB 2519).

2017

Education to Action launches.

This free workshop and toolkit is designed for impacted communities to advocate for change.

The Foundation hosts two educational summits.

One focuses on mental health, the other on guns in a civil society.

The Victory Fund helps elect 16 candidates for local office across the state.

See the full list here.

The WA State Legislature passes two priority gvp bills.

HB 1501, also known as “Lie and Try,” requires Washington gun dealers to report when someone tries to buy a firearm and fails a background check, and SB 5522, clarifies existing provisions of Washington’s background check law.

Chapter Teams launch.

The Chapter Team program empowers volunteers and advocates across Washington State to take action on gun violence prevention in their communities.

The Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Enforcement Unit forms.

This first-of-its-kind unit takes a multi-disciplinary, regionalized, and dedicated approach to gun violence prevention and is a direct result of the implementation work that began in 2016.

2016

I-1491 passes.

The Alliance's second ballot initiative passes with almost 70 percent of the vote statewide, establishing Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Washington.

The Victory Fund helps elect 40 candidates for local office across the state.

Read the full list here.

The Foundation launches its implementation work in King County.

We convene work groups to analyze the impact of HB 1840 and firearms surrender in protection order cases.

The WA State Legislature passes three priority gun violence prevention bills.

SHB 2410 restricts firearms for certain felonies, HB 1448 establishes procedures for threatened or attempted suicide, and HB 2793 establishes a Safer Homes Task Force to address suicide.

The Foundation hosts two educational summits.

The Summits bring together experts and other stakeholders to address the intersectionality of gun violence with other issues. One focuses on suicide prevention, the other on disarming hate.

2015

The Alliance releases its first annual "Legislator Scorecard."

The Scorecard serves as a counter to the NRA's Scorecard.

The Sheena Henderson Act becomes law.

SB 5381 allows family members to request notification when a confiscated gun is returned.

Seattle taxes gun and ammunition sales.

The tax, passed by the Seattle City Council, will fund gun violence prevention research.

2014

I-594 passes.

The Alliance's first ballot initiative passes with nearly 60 percent of the vote statewide, expanding background checks in Washington State.

The Alliance establishes a state-based PAC.

The Alliance for Gun Victory Fund helps elect gun violence prevention champions.

The Alliance establishes a 501(c)(3) Foundation.

This arm of the Alliance focuses on research, education, implementation, and youth engagement.

The WA State Legislature passes HB 1840.

The law helps ensure firearm surrender as a part of domestic violence and other protection orders.

2013

The Alliance hosts its first annual luncheon.

The fundraiser tops $1 million in contributions, setting a record in the space and an expectation for big successes.

Seattle directly funds research into the public health impacts of gun violence in the community.

It is the first city in the country to do so.

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility forms.

A group of concerned citizens, parents, and faith leaders, fed up with the inaction after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, comes together to bring a background check bill to the WA State Legislature.

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