Washington State Legislature passes 10 community safety bills!
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and a virtual session, the legislature passes 10 significant public safety bills. Highlights include SB 5038, which rejects armed intimidation by prohibiting open carry at the state capitol and public demonstrations and HB 1320, which improves efficiency and accessibility in the civil protection order system. The legislature also takes long-overdue action on police accountability, passing seven bills to strengthen oversight and rebuild community trust.
The Foundation hosts second virtual summit, this time on white supremacy and firearms.
From high-profile police shootings to the insurrection, 2020 brought constant, painful reminders that gun violence and white supremacy are inextricably linked. This summit, White Supremacy and Guns: Exploring the History, is designed to start a conversation about how white supremacy, both past and present, contributes to the current gun violence epidemic.
The Foundation hosts (first virtual!) summit on firearm surrender and protection orders.
This is our fourth summit on protection orders and firearms, but the first held virtually and first with a national audience. Designed specifically for practitioners, the program goes in-depth on firearm surrender orders, domestic violence protection orders, and Extreme Risk Protection Orders. It also features a panel on centering equity in the protection order outreach and implementation process.
The Victory Fund helps elect 85 gun responsibility candidates.
The Victory Fund issues more endorsements than ever at the state and federal level, including our first presidential endorsement!
Washington State Legislature passes five gun responsibility bills and makes historic investment in gun violence prevention programs.
The supplemental budget includes more than $14 million in GVP funding. The legislature passes SB 6288, SB 5434, HB 2467, HB 2555, and HB 2622. Most notably, SB 6288 creates a first-in-the-nation Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention, which will be tasked with gathering data, supporting victims of gun violence, and administering a grant program to community violence intervention groups. This is a crucial first step toward addressing the gun violence that impacts our communities – especially Black and brown communities – every day.
The Victory Fund helps elect 38 candidates in local races across Washington State.
For the first time ever, they include school board candidates.
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.
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 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.
Education to Action launches.
This free workshop and toolkit is designed for impacted communities to advocate for change.
The Victory Fund helps elect 16 candidates for local office across the state.
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 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 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.
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.