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Lawmakers Hear Testimony To Restrict and Ease Firearm Access

The legislature’s Judiciary Committee was inundated Monday in public testimony as more than 160 residents signed up to speak and thousands submitted written feedback on four bills intended to reduce gun violence or revise firearm regulation in Connecticut.  Click here to read the entire article on the CT News Junkie website

Working to reduce gun violence in the state | The Real Story

CT Against Gun Violence Executive Director, Jeremy Stein, speaks with “The Real Story” host Jenn Bernstein. Click here to watch the full video on

“Every Day Is An Anniversary of a Gun Death”

Dozens of advocates against gun violence gathered in Fair Haven Heights to mourn the 26 young people murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School — as well as the hundreds of fellow Connecticut residents shot to death each year — in a solemn ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of a preventable tragedy. Click here to read the full article at CT News Junkie.

Democrats Say Lawsuit Challenging Sandy Hook Gun Laws Puts It On The Ballot

Some of the Sandy Hook families were in a Waterbury courtroom Tuesday, while state officials were at the state Capitol speaking out against a recent lawsuit challenging the 2013 law that bans some semi-automatic rifles and limits magazine capacity.  “This is not a fight that we choose. Nobody wants to be here,” Attorney General William […]

Democrat state leaders respond after gun rights group sues Connecticut’s assault weapons ban

HARTFORD, Conn. — Tuesday, Democrat state leaders met to denounce a new lawsuit filed by the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), seeking to overturn Connecticut’s bans on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. They said lawsuits like this one are “manufacturing controversy” and state representatives will fight to protect Connecticut’s gun control laws. Click here to read the full […]

US is trying to stop mass shootings. How about other gun crimes?

August 10, 2022|HARTFORD, CONN. For Janet Rice, the Sheldon Oaks Apartments in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, hold a lot of memories. This is where her son Shane took his first steps. It is also where, almost two decades later, he took his last steps. In October of 2012, Shane Oliver had just started a small business […]

New Haven nears creation of anti-violence office

NEW HAVEN — Connecticut Against Gun Violence has come to the final stage of the process to create the Office of Violence Prevention for the city, aiming for a blueprint by the end of this month. The organization’s Executive Director Jeremy Stein said the plan for the new office features long term strategies that may not be able to […]

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Bipartisan gun compromise crafted by Connecticut senators hailed as historic

HARTFORD — As advocates hailed a bipartisan gun safety compromise Monday that was described as historic, two U.S. senators said the package is still weeks away from final passage. U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, two Connecticut Democrats who were key architects of the largest gun reforms in three decades, said the painstaking work […]

National Gun Violence Awareness Day sparks rallies, events in CT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – As gun violence and mass shootings are escalating in the country, Connecticut residents are recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday. A local organization, CT Against Gun Violence, invited activists and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal to speak at a “Wear Orange” rally at the United Church On The Green on Thursday evening. Click here to […]

New Haven and CAGV host community listening session to address gun violence

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — New Haven, like many other cities around the country has experienced an uptick in gun violence over the past couple of years. “Gun violence we know has spiked during the pandemic, we’ve seen dramatic increases in gun violence in New Haven,” said Jeremy Stein executive director of CT Against Gun Violence. […]

Connecticut gun control advocates cheer $73 million settlement between Remington and Sandy Hook families

Gun control advocates in Connecticut celebrated Tuesday as the maker of a rifle used to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 agreed to pay $73 million to the families of nine victims. “No amount of money could ever repay the [Sandy Hook] families for their losses that they’ve suffered,” Jeremy Stein, executive […]

Coalition urges lawmakers to open state Gun Violence Prevention Office

Survivors of gun violence and those working in the community to stop its spread gathered at the Capitol Monday to urge legislators to create and fund an Office of Gun Violence Prevention and to declare gun violence a public health crisis. Gun homicides hit a 25-year high in Connecticut last year, mirroring national trends. The […]

Opinion: CT budget includes ‘unprecedented’ investment against gun violence

Included in the $24 billion budget passed this week by the Connecticut General Assembly is an unprecedented level of spending of nearly $6 million to fund community gun violence prevention, intervention and aftercare programs. This investment to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Connecticut reflects the hard work of legislative leaders and […]

Saving Lives: Ten Essential Actions Cities Can Take to Reduce Violence Now

Council on Criminal Justice | As 2022 begins, America’s cities confront an ongoing surge in violent crime, particularly homicide. The Council on Criminal Justice documented a 30% rise in murders nationwide in 2020, while police data from large cities reveal another 7% increase in 2021. Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, and at least ten other municipalities experienced the most homicides in their cities’ […]

Students Need to Feel Safe

CT News Junkie | Since the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan, thousands of students in Connecticut have been terrorized by threats of violence in school, leading to lockdowns, school closures, and widespread student absences across the state, including in Ansonia, Danbury, Farmington, Greenwich, Hamden, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, and Norwich. The fear and anxiety […]

We can reduce the amount of Connecticut gun violence

CT Mirror | This week the Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Committee, created by the General Assembly for the purpose of guiding it on the establishment of a commission to reduce community gun violence in Connecticut, heard testimony from the public and interested organizations. CT Against Gun Violence submitted the following testimony, calling for the creation […]

$45 million in federal aid to be spent on violence prevention, crime victim services, Gov. Evers announces

Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday announced a $45 million allocation of federal pandemic aid for violence prevention and crime victim services that he anticipated would begin reaching communities across Wisconsin within weeks.   “Much like the pandemic, this is another public health crisis that deserves our attention and our action. And much like any public health […]

OPINION: To Combat Gun Violence, Clean Up the Neighborhood

New York Times | PHILADELPHIA — Until a Black man turns 45, his most likely cause of death is homicide. After each such violent death, traumatic shock waves pierce through family and friends. Whole neighborhoods suffer. In some communities with high rates of violent crime, babies are more likely to be born early, children are more likely to struggle in school […]

New Haven partners with CT Against Gun Violence, as residents ‘deserve a better life, free of violence’

NEW HAVEN — City officials announced a new partnership with anti-violence organization CT Against Gun Violence Friday to plan the future Office of Violence Prevention that will strive to help safeguard residents against the continuing violence that affects life for many in the city. Community Services Administrator Mehul Dalal said, about the mission of the fledgling endeavor, “We know […]

Danbury community looks for answers after 14-year-old arrested in mall shooting: ‘Everyone in society should be concerned about that’

DANBURY — Mayor Joe Cavo on Tuesday credited the city police department for their quick apprehension of a local teen in last week’s shooting at the Danbury Fair mall, but said the fact that a 14-year-old was able to illegally obtain a gun gave him pause. “Everyone in society should be concerned about that,” said Cavo in […]

2021 Legislative Session Recap

In 2021 CAGV picked up where we left off when the 2020 legislative agenda was put on hold in March, 2020 due to the pandemic: strengthening the state’s Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) and getting the state to establish an Office of Gun Violence Prevention. Substantive progress was made on both fronts, though much remains to be […]

Please Don’t Let the NRA Sabotage the ATF

The ATF is the federal agency tasked with enforcing the nation’s gun laws and regulating the firearms industry. However, for years Congressional allies of the gun lobby have pursued a relentless strategy to weaken the ATF. President Biden has nominated David Chipman to lead the ATF, but the confirmation is imperiled, despite Chipman’s impressive credentials. Senate GOP Whip […]

Governor Cuomo Declares First-In-The-Nation Gun Violence Disaster Emergency as Part of Comprehensive Strategy to Build a Safer New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared the first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of a new, comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York. This new strategy treats gun violence as a public health crisis, using short-term solutions to manage the immediate gun violence crisis and reduce the shooting rate, as well as long-term […]

Regulate Ghost Guns

Last year, a convicted felon in Watertown used a gun assembled at home by his girlfriend to kill her two teenage children over an argument about him smoking in the house. Last month, a man in Vernon used his homemade “ghost gun” to shoot and kill a Motel 6 owner over a dispute about a […]

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs three new gun laws inspired by Boulder shooting. Here’s how they’ll work.

The Denver Post | Colorado will expand background checks, create a gun violence prevention office and give local governments more authority on gun regulations The Denver Post | In the past seven years , Colorado instituted one new gun law. Lawmakers passed six times that amount in one legislative session, and on Saturday, Gov. Jared […]

59 Guns Collected During Hartford Gun Buyback

NBC Connecticut | Hartford Police Department held a gun buyback Saturday morning in an effort to get guns off the street and curb violence in the Capital City. “The program is fully anonymous. You can come in, give no names, no idea, no questions asked, and you will get a hand receipt showing that you […]

Woman, 56, was ‘minding her business’ in her Hartford home when she was shot dead, police say; assault rifle used in shooting recovered

The Hartford Courant | A 56-year-old woman who police believe was just “at home, cooking and minding her business,” was killed Wednesday afternoon when gunshots from an assault rifle tore through her apartment in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood. Sylvia Cordova was an innocent bystander whose home was simply the backdrop to a confrontation between people on […]

‘New Haven, we will heal’: Community dedicates garden memorializing gun violence victims in New Haven

The Register Citizen | The New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing Dedicated to Victims of Gun Violence, a memorial created by mothers that lost loved ones in the city, was formally dedicated Saturday, as residents came together to mark the hundreds of lives cut short over the decades. Before the dedication, scores of people gathered in […]

A grandfather’s grief: Carl Hardrick, longtime crusader against violence in Hartford, is trying to come to terms with the killing of his grandson, Makhi Buckly

Hartford Courant | The tragic irony of Carl Hardrick losing a grandson to gun violence is profound. The man who has spent decades trying to save Hartford’s children from street violence and comforting families in loss is now awash in grief himself after his only grandson was killed at age 19 on Memorial Day. Despite […]

Blocks From Gunfire, Rally Aims At Violence

New Haven Independent | Activists from throughout the state gathered in Dixwell Wednesday evening for a rally calling for an end to gun violence. The rally, organized by the group Connecticut Against Gun Violence, coincided with a push for a new statewide initiative — and with the latest nonfatal shooting of a teen in the neighborhood. […]

Rally held in New Haven to honor lives lost to shootings

Eye Witness News 3 | National Gun Violence Awareness Day is this Friday and on Wednesday, the organization “Connecticut Against Gun Violence” held a rally in New Haven to honor lives lost to shootings. Loved ones say they want to do more to end gun violence than just talking about it. They say they want […]

Opinion: Taking a stand against gun violence

CT Post | Remarking on last week’s mass shooting in San Jose, California Gov. Gavin Newsom asked, “What the hell is wrong with us, and when are we going to come to grips with this?” His unfiltered response is entirely understandable: nine coworkers were murdered by a disgruntled employee who was armed with semi-automatic handguns and […]

The time is now to create the CT Office of Community Gun Violence Prevention

The CT Mirror | On a recent Saturday in Hartford, 3-year-old Randell Jones was shot and killed while sitting in a car with his siblings. Later that afternoon, just a mile away, 16-year-old Ja’Mari Preston was shot dead. These are not isolated events. Over the 10-year period ending in 2017, more than 400 young people […]

State focuses on mental health, gun violence crises made worse by COVID

ctpost | As life returns to normal in Connecticut, the first state in the nation to fully vaccinate 50 percent of its adult population against COVID-19, the pandemic’s mental health toll wages on. Low infection rates, declining hospitalizations and deaths in the single-digits are all signs the state is “making real progress when it comes to our […]

Desperate to stop epidemic of gun violence, CT lawmakers seek answers from experts

The CT Mirror | When lawmakers gathered Friday to listen to experts from hospitals and community groups about efforts to reduce gun violence in Connecticut’s cities, there were no calls to defund the police. But there were no calls, either, to give police more money. Instead, the emphasis was on funding the organizations saving lives […]

Gun violence surged in Connecticut’s largest cities in 2020. Policymakers say it’s an epidemic that needs renewed attention.

Hartford Courant | Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, state lawmakers passed some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws. Yet the toll of gun violence in Connecticut’s largest cities has not stopped, leading for a call for a new state initiative to fund and implement programs to address the issue. Click here to see the […]

CAGV Applauds Lamont $3M Investment In Violence Prevention

CT Patch | While strong gun laws are essential for curbing gun violence in all of its forms, additional strategies can strengthen their effectiveness. This is particularly true of the ongoing public health crisis of community gun violence in Connecticut’s cities. That is why CT Against Gun Violence has pursued a multi-dimensional strategy to reduce […]

Many states were already advancing new gun rules this year, even before recent mass shootings

USA Today | The spree of mass shootings over the past two months has led to renewed calls for more federal gun restrictions. But even before the most recent violence, state lawmakers were busy enacting measures designed to help solve a uniquely American public health crisis. After mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, claimed the lives […]

CT lawmakers call for funding to stop ‘mass killing’ of Black and brown children

CT Mirror | Days after a 3-year-old child and a 16-year-old boy were killed in separate shootings in Hartford, Sens. Marilyn Moore, Gary Winfield and Doug McCrory demanded Wednesday that the state fund community programs that stop cycles of violence and trauma in Connecticut’s cities. “What we are seeing in our cities is a slow, […]

With CT reeling from gun deaths, lawmakers push for violence-prevention funding

ctpost | With the state reeling from a jump in gun-related homicides, lawmakers Wednesday pushed for an increase in funding for violence-prevention programs. While the coronavirus pandemic has dominated headlines and government resources, the shooting deaths of a 3-year-old and 16-year-old in Hartford over the weekend were tragic reminders of another public health crisis that […]

Waterbury Police Chief Addresses Gun Control Reform in Washington, DC

NBC CT | Addressing the U.S Senate Judiciary Committee, Chief Fernando Spagnolo explained how his community has benefited from Connecticut’s strict gun laws, many of which have been adopted since the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings. “The events of that day, the loss of those young children and their teachers, shook the nation to its very […]

Campbell: CT lawmakers have chance to save lives

CT Post | A few days before the Connecticut legislative judiciary committee held a public hearing on some gun legislation, the advocacy group CT Against Gun Violence hosted Zoom sessions to train advocates how to testify. One of the bills to be discussed in the public hearing, H.B. 6355, seeks to update a late ‘90s […]

Pandemic, presidential election, protests spur gun permit applications

The Day | After hearing calls to “defund” the police and wanting to protect herself, downtown New London resident Suzanne Simpson enrolled in an NRA handgun training class last August and a month later began the two-part process to secure her state pistol permit. Four months later, she still is waiting for her local approval […]

National Day of Service Food Drive a Huge Success!

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you who joined the CAGV Community Food Drive we hosted as part of the National Day of Service. What a great way to recognize MLK Day!  Economic instability, including food insecurity, creates conditions of despair that exacerbate gun violence, as we have seen during the pandemic in Connecticut and […]

My Wife Wants to Buy a Gun. Help?

I don’t believe we’re personally threatened by extremism, but she does. New York Times | I live with my wife and our 11-year-old son in a peaceful suburban community. Given the civil unrest that shook our nation’s capital recently, and the continuing threat of violence elsewhere, my wife is fearful and would like to buy […]

Remembering the victims of gun violence in Bridgeport last year

News 12 Connecticut | Friends of the 24 homicide victims in Bridgeport last year (all but three killed by guns), and other concerned citizens, held a vigil to urge people to come together and stop the violence. The vigil, which was organized by the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, was held at McLevy Green. […]

‘It’s about accountability’: Many in Danbury area support Trump impeachment

News Times | The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time was not shocking to some Danbury residents, but still warranted and an important statement to make in the wake of protests that turned violent at the Capitol last week. The House voted 232-197 to impeach the […]

CT officials discuss gun violence prevention at virtual memorial for Sandy Hook School shooting victims

News 8/ WTNH | SANDY HOOK, Conn. (WTNH)– As flags flew at half staff around Connecticut, the memorial vigil honoring the 8th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting went all virtual, due to the pandemic. Hearing the names of the 20 young students and six educators read off every December 14th always brings […]

Sandy Hook Victims Remembered During Year of Record Gun Sales

CT News Junkie | During a remote vigil Monday, state officials and gun control advocates marked the eighth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, renewing calls for tighter firearm policies amidst surging gun sales and spikes in violence and crime. To see the article in CT News Junkie, click here. .

‘Their greatness was stolen from us’: CT gun violence victims, including from Sandy Hook, remembered

News Times | A Monday morning vigil to honor Connecticut gun violence victims on the eighth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was not just about remembrance — it was a call to action. Since the 2012 massacre of 20 students and six educators at Sandy Hook, about 300,000 people in the United […]

Analysis: What 10 years of gun death data shows in CT

CT Post | Experts have noticed — and are trying to address — a growing number of suicides among older people. Connecticut’s gun deaths have remained relatively steady in the years since high-profile legislation was passed after the Sandy Hook school shooting, with the state’s big cities still hot spots for slayings and suicides among […]

Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court met with hope and dread in Connecticut

Hartford Courant | As the mother of a transgender teen, Edith Barrett of Hartford watched Amy Coney Barrett’s ascension to the U.S. Supreme Court with rising apprehension. “There’s a great fear that we’ll go back to a time that was horrible for LGBT people, when people could be fired from their job because they married […]

Do You Have a Gun in Your House?

Gays Against Guns Show | Ti Cersley discusses gun laws in Connecticut with Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of CT Against Gun Violence and conversation starters with gun owners. In Memoriam for Aerrion Burnett. Click here to begin to listen.

Ice The Beef Equips Fair Haveners For School

New Haven Independent | Mother of ten Rameinak Armour-White picked up brand new book bags filled with supplies with six of her youngest kids, who are eager to head back to school safely after the large household struggled to concentrate on remote classes in the Spring. Ice the Beef’s Latino Caucus distributed 430 book bags […]

The Solution To Racial Injustice Must Include Gun Violence Prevention

Daily Clout | We are in the midst of a historic opportunity to begin the process of eradicating the systemic, institutionalized racism and injustice that has afflicted black people, and other marginalized communities, from well before the founding fathers declared their intention to form a “more perfect union.” Although their words recognized that achieving justice […]

No police reforms would be complete without gun reforms

Washington Post | ANOTHER REASON TO STRENGTHEN GUN LAWS. This essay observes that policing in the U.S. is inherently more dangerous than in other countries; that fear and danger leads to more violent police responses. It doesn’t excuse police brutality and racism, but offers yet another reason we need stronger gun laws. “Simply put, police […]

Anti-Violence Walk-Talkers Hit West Rock Streets

New Haven Independent | While celebrating his birthday on his Westville Manor front steps with his two granddaughters, Jose Valentin shared his perspectives of gun violence in New Haven with a group of 15 adults walking the neighborhood to talk to residents about stopping the violence. Valentin works at a barbershop in the Hill. He […]

Bipartisan Policing Bill Bypasses Urban Gun Violence

CT News Junkie | RACIAL EQUALITY CAN’T BE ACHIEVED IF PEOPLE AREN’T SAFE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. That’s why CAGV has proposed the CT Initiative to Prevent Community Gun Violence. Ask your legislatures to support a program to identify, fund and oversee evidence-based, community-centric violence prevention and intervention programs to reduce gun violence in CT’s larger […]

Gun Violence Prevention Must Be Part of Racial Injustice Solution

CT Mirror | We are in the midst of a historic opportunity to begin the process of eradicating the systemic, institutionalized racism and injustice that has afflicted Black people, and other marginalized communities, from well before the founding fathers declared their intention to form a “more perfect union.” Although their words recognized that achieving justice […]

Guns don’t make us safer during a pandemic

CT Mirror | And they increase the risk of suicide, domestic violence and accidental injury. There’s been a lot of discussion in recent days about whether gun sellers should be deemed an “essential business” as the country desperately tries to limit social contact and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus global pandemic. Some view continued […]

Guns Are Not the Cure

While we all want to keep our families safe, the facts are clear: guns do not make us safer, and they won’t help protect us from the coronavirus. Some people feel safer with a gun, but the simple truth is that they or one of their family members are more likely to be killed by […]

20 Years Later, It’s Time to Update CT’s Extreme Risk Protection Order Law

Daily Clout | Connecticut was the first state in the nation to implement an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law, in 1999 following a mass shooting in the CT Lottery headquarters by a disgruntled employee who friends had reported to the police as being suicidal. He was known to have guns at home, but at […]

Connecticut Receives A- Grade For Tough Gun Laws

CT News Junkie | WASHINGTON, DC – Connecticut continues to earn good grades for the strength of its gun laws, according to a new report from a national gun safety organization. Connecticut received an A- in the 2019 Gun Law Scorecard compiled by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence which annually grades and ranks each […]

Our Safe Storage Laws in Action

When it comes to safe storage, irresponsible behavior among gun owners is sadly commonplace. More than half of all gun owners store at least one firearm unsafely—without any locks or other safe storage methods. Nearly five million children live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm.  That’s why last year CAGV worked to pass two […]

Gun laws work; a few recent cases here in CT

Often we hear “criminals don’t follow laws” as the reason for opposing gun laws and “just enforce the laws we have” for not strengthening the laws we have. So here are three recent examples where the existence and enforcement of Connecticut’s strong gun laws very likely saved lives. Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) prevents possible […]

End Gun Violence Rally Video

CAGV Executive Director, joined Senator Blumenthal, Representative Larson and other leaders at the Rally to End Gun Violence at the Capitol. “I am really proud to stand here and be a part of the greatest state in this country and the state that takes this seriously, the state of Connecticut. We lead the way.” Watch […]

Summary of Connecticut’s Gun Laws

  Smart Gun Laws Save Lives   In the aftermath of last weekend’s mass shooting in Gilroy, CA by a teen who legally purchased an assault rifle in Nevada, it’s clear that people living in states with strong gun laws are at the mercy of weak gun laws in other states and at the federal […]

CT Legislature Makes History by Passing 3 Gun Bills in One Day!

CT Against Gun Violence applauds state Senate lawmakers who joined their House counterparts in passing three gun safety bills on a bi-partisan basis. This marks the first time in history that the legislature has passed three separate bills in the same legislative session. CAGV commends the efforts of the Senators who championed the bill, including […]

Two Priority Gun Bills Passed

We’re thrilled to report that tonight the Connecticut House of Representatives passed two of our three priority gun bills, reflecting broad constituent support for tough, but common-sense, measures to keep us safe from gun violence. We expect the third bill to get a vote on Wednesday.  With record-setting bi-partisan support “Ethan’s Law” passed 127-16. HB-7218 […]

Gun safety bills voted out of Judiciary Committee

We are very pleased to let you know that the four gun safety bills before the Judiciary Committee have been voted favorably out of committee with bipartisan support. This is an important milestone in the legislative process, and a significant accomplishment for gun violence prevention advocates.   Thank you to all of our supporters who have […]

CAGV Endorses Derek Slap for Feb 26 State Senate special election

There’s no question that the midterm elections strengthened our position in the CT General Assembly. Candidates strong on gun violence prevention outperformed their opponents in both the House and Senate. Now a special election is being held on Tuesday, February 26 to fill the open seat in the State Senate 5th District. It’s important we […]

Ethan’s Law

The 2019 legislative session doesn’t commence for another six weeks, but CAGV is already laying the groundwork for advancing our agenda. At the top of the list are strengthening requirements for storing firearms, and regulating “ghost” guns (the DIY kits for assembling guns at home) just the same as we do all other firearms. Earlier […]

The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Our nation is once again reeling from the senseless loss of precious lives, this time by an anti-Semitic shooter who used a semi-automatic assault rifle to kill 11 Jewish worshippers celebrating a holy ritual with their loved ones. In addition to the murders, six were wounded, including four police officers, making it one of the […]


SEE WHERE THE CANDIDATES STAND ON GUN SAFETY! To protect our communities from gun violence we must elect candidates who have demonstrated by word and deed that they support tough gun laws that save lives. Our grades and endorsements give you the information you need to cast ballots for gun safety advocates on November 6. […]

Action Alert! Stop Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination!

THE FIGHT TO #StopKavanaugh CONTINUES thanks to the efforts of Senator Blumenthal (D-CT). There’s still time to get your out-of-state friends and family to call their senators. Every call makes a difference! Alaska: Lisa Murkowski (202) 224-6665 Alabama: Doug Jones (202) 224-4124 Arizona: Jeff Flake (202) 224-4521 Colorado: Michael Bennet (202) 224-5852 Indiana: Joe Donnelly (202) 224-4814 […]

CAGV Endorsements for the Primaries

CAGV Endorses William Tong (Attorney General) and Matt Lesser (State Senate 9th District) in Primary Elections CAGV has endorsed State Representative William Tong for CT Attorney General and Representative Matt Lesser for State Senate in the 9th District for the primary elections on August 14, 2018. The endorsements recognize candidates running in primaries who CAGV believes […]

Ask your state legislators to Vote “YES” to Ban Bump Stocks and Regulate Ghost Guns

Use our web contact form below to email your State Senator and Representative today! What is being proposed? 1) H.B. 5540, An Act Concerning Ghost Guns and the Permit Application Process, will ban guns without serial numbers and regulate those sold as “do it yourself” (DIY) kits known as “ghost guns.” 2) H.B. 5542, An […]

CAGV CALLS For Ban of Bumpstocks NOW

CAGV Expresses Surprise that Public Safety Committee Refuses to Hold Vote on Governor’s Bill to Ban Bump Stocks FAIRFIELD, CT – Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of CT Against Gun Violence, Inc. released the following statement today in reaction to the Public Safety Committee’s refusal to vote on Governor Malloy’s  “Rate of Fire Enhancements” bill, S.B. […]

CT Public Hearing on Gun Laws

Gun rights advocates will be present in force. We must show lawmakers that the outrage following Parkland translates to legislative advocacy. The public hearing for H.B. 5540, to regulate ghost guns, and H.B. 5542, to ban bump stocks, is scheduled for 11am, Friday, March 23 in Hartford at the Legislative Office Building at 300 Capitol […]

After Parkland, our supporters are asking, “what can I do?”

In the aftermath of the latest school shooting, citizens know that “thoughts and prayers” won’t save lives. Our supporters—people like you—are asking, “what can I do?” There are many ways to support gun violence prevention, but most important for CAGV is to stay focused on our mission of making Connecticut the safest state in the […]

Remembering December 14, 2012

  As it was for those of us who were alive when JKF or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated, or more recently on 9/11, we remember exactly where we were when we heard the news of the Sandy Hook School shooting on December 14, 2012. The indelible mark it made on our nation’s […]

Ron Pinciaro announces retirement from CAGV, Jeremy Stein to assume ED role Jan 2018

Fairfield, CT – CT Against Gun Violence announced today the decision of Ron Pinciaro to retire at the end of 2017, after 16 years as the organization’s executive director. His decision was made after careful consideration and discussion with Board President Marty Isaac over the past 24 months. Pinciaro will continue to offer guidance to […]

CAGV Endorses Melissa Kane for Westport First Selectperson

Fairfield, CT – CT Against Gun Violence endorses Melissa Kane in her bid for First Selectperson of Westport, CT. Ms. Kane has long been an active and engaged local leader for gun violence prevention (GVP). She has consistently been a strong supporter of CAGV efforts to pass strong, common-sense gun laws in Connecticut and at […]

Watch our video: Gun Violence in America

Statistics alone cannot convey the life-shattering impact of America’s gun violence crisis. In this video we share the heart-wrenching stories of survivors.  

State Firearm Laws

Here is a very comprehensive database of gun laws of every state compiled by the Boston University School of Public Health. To see their findings click here.

Join us for our Annual Benefit Luncheon

Tickets are now available for the CT Against Gun Violence 2017 Annual Benefit Luncheon taking place at the Greenwich Country Club on May 4. The Benefit Luncheon sold out the past two years; please click here to reserve a table or individual seats today. We’re excited to have Firmin DeBrabander as our keynote speaker. DeBrabander […]

What if that person carrying gun is outside a daycare center?

“What if that person carrying a firearm is outside a daycare? What do I tell the parents who have to come pick up their kids?” –  Police Chief Paul Melanson, Farmington, CT A public hearing will take place Wednesday, March 15 in Hartford for two gun bills being considered by the Judiciary Committee. One will […]

URGENT ACTION: We must tell legislators where we stand on gun bills

Two gun bills are under active consideration by the Judiciary Committee of the state legislature.  One will improve gun safety in Connecticut, the other assuredly will not. We must let Judiciary Committee members know where we stand. The NRA has already activated its base. Committee members must hear from our side. Please take a moment […]

Senate passes SJ Res 14

The U.S. Senate passed today Senate Joint Resolution 14, a top priority on the expanding NRA agenda,  which nullifies the rule that would  allow the Social Security Administration  to provide to the National Instant Criminal History Background Check System (NICS) the name of  individuals who are determined to be mentally incapable of managing their own […]

Connecticut Again Ranked Second in the Nation on Strength of our Gun Laws

The San Francisco based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has issued their annual rankings on the strength of states’ gun laws, and again for the fourth straight year Connecticut has ranked second in the nation. Click here for results of all states. For more than twenty years, CT Against Gun Violence has led the […]

CAGV Candidates Grades and Endorsements for November General Assembly Races

  CT Against Gun Violence has issued grades for all candidates running in November’s Connecticut General Assembly races. Where there is a clear choice of a candidate who is a champion on gun safety issues, CAGV has endorsed those candidates. Factors used to determine grades included: voting record, responses to our candidate questionnaire sent to […]

CAGV bringing Lucy McBath to Bridgeport for Screening of The Armor of Light Documentary; Please Come as our Guest

Please join us for a screening of The Armor of Light with a special appearance of Lucy McBath, who spoke most recently at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and is the mother of Jordan Davis who was shot and killed at a Jacksonville, FL gas station in 2012 over a loud music incident. Lucy […]

2016 Disarm Hate Rally in D.C.

On Saturday, August 13th, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Newtown Action Alliance and Sandy Hook Promise became engaged directly with the LGBTQ community in a gun violence prevention advocacy demonstration. During one of the hottest days of the year, CAGV enthusiastically stood in support of the community still recovering from  the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. […]

Join us on September 22 for our Third Annual Hartford Area Legislative Luncheon

September 22, 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM, Pond House It’s that time again. On September 22nd, for the third time, we will be holding our annual legislative luncheon at the Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, 12:00 to 2:00 PM. Celebrate the Legislative Victory We Worked on Together We are delighted to have […]

The Politics Are Shifting!‏

Direct Action Taken by Democrats In an unprecedented action, led by Civil Rights icon John Lewis (D-Georgia), House Democrats have occupied the Chamber through the night to protest Republican refusal to allow a vote on two gun bills: ‘No Fly, No Buy” prohibiting those on No Fly lists from purchasing firearms, and “No check, No […]

Connecticut Cannot Be Discouraged‏

First, a sincere thank you to all of you who made calls, sent emails, and posted/tweeted on social media to Senators around the country asking for their vote. I know how disappointing it is to you that common sense bills like Universal Background Checks and prohibiting gun sales to terrorists – bills with large public […]

U.S. Senate to Vote on Critical Gun Bills on Monday. Please Take Action Now!‏

Thanks in large part to the dramatic filibuster effort of our CT Senator Chris Murphy, a vote will be taken Monday in the U.S. Senate on two important bills:  One on expanding Universal Background checks on gun sales; and one adding those on terrorist and no-fly list to the database of persons prohibited from owning […]

Hundreds Turn Newtown Orange At Gun Violence Awareness Rally

NEWTOWN — As dusk fell Thursday, a sea of orange slowly swept up Main Street. Working their way past the massive flag pole where the street intersects with Church Hill Road, hundreds of people, all wearing some shade of orange, walked with purpose: putting a spotlight on gun violence and its lethal toll. To read […]

Ten Ways to Stop Gun Violence

  Gun violence takes many forms so solutions to the problems don’t lend themselves to “one size-fits-all” remedies. Here is our list of the top ten priorities for attacking the gun violence problem. Smart Guns Smart gun technologies, in which Smart guns, or personalized guns, are designed to be useless unless unlocked by radio signal […]

10th Annual CAGV Benefit Luncheon

More photos of the Luncheon can be found here. To view  the presentation of Dr. David Hemenway, Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, click here. CT Against Gun Violence Annual Benefit Luncheon Draws Record Attendance Number of gun violence prevention supporters continues to grow. Greenwich, CT – CT Against Gun Violence (CAGV) enjoyed […]

Senate Passes HB 5054 to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence‏

The Senate of the CT General Assembly voted to pass HB 5054, An Act to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence, in a bipartisan vote of 23-13. The bill was already passed by the House last week. The bill will require domestic abusers to surrender any firearms owned or possessed within twenty-four hours of service of […]

Domestic Violence Bill is Passed in the House. Thank You!‏

We are very pleased that HB 5054 An Act Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence was passed late last night by the Connecticut House of Representatives! The bill will save lives by requiring subjects of temporary restraining orders to surrender their firearms within 24 hours of service of the order. Women are at heightened risk when taking […]

Editorial from CAGV Communications Director Jonathan Perloe

“I still see those empty orange running shoes in my dreams. What those two bullets took away. I miss her.” These are the words a friend used to begin the story of his niece’s murder. Rebecca had just broken up with her then college boyfriend. He was a legally licensed gun owner. He didn’t have […]

Judiciary Committee Passes HB 5054 to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence‏

On Monday night, the Judiciary Committee of the CT General Assembly voted to pass HB 5054, an important bill whose purpose is to protect victims of Domestic Violence. The bill will require domestic abusers to surrender any firearms owned or possessed within twenty-four hours of service of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), pending a hearing […]

Join us for our Annual Benefit Luncheon

Tickets are now on sale for the CT Against Gun Violence Annual Benefit Luncheon taking place at the Greenwich Country Club on May 5 (click here for tickets). The keynote speaker is Dr. David Hemenway, Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Dr. Hemenway is an authority on gun violence, recognized by the Centers […]

Next step towards helping domestic violence victims

First, thank you! We had a great turnout for the hearing. Excellent testimony was presented on the bills we supported: HB 5054 An Act Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence and SB 429 An Act Concerning Service of Restraining Orders; And one that we opposed: HB 5597 An Act Protecting Domestic Violence Victims Seeking Restraining Orders. […]

Domestic Violence Public Hearing this Monday, March 14‏

First, thank you for the tremendous response in support of HB5408, the bill that would require persons carrying a handgun in public to show their permit if requested by a police officer.  More than 750 of you sent emails, 134 submitted testimony online, and 40 people showed up to testify at the hearing in support […]

Important Hearing Thursday on Requirement to Show Carry Permits

On Thursday, the Public Safety and Security Committee of the CT Legislature will be holding a hearing in Hartford on a very important bill, HB 5408, that would clearly authorize police to require persons openly carrying handguns in public to produce their permit.  Right now, police can only ask to see permits if there is […]

CT Gun Deaths: 2008-2015

We saw an increase in firearm homicides in 2015 over recent year trends. 78 Connecticut residents were murdered by guns in 2015. Suicides on the other hand declined over recent trends, as 99 took their lives with a firearm in CT. There was also one death for which the manner has not yet been confirmed […]

Connecticut has for the third consecutive year been ranked by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence as having the second strongest gun laws in the nation

As in the past, the rankings reveal a strong correlation between smart gun laws and fewer gun deaths—states with the weakest laws, like Wyoming and Mississippi have some of the highest gun death rates in the country, while states with strong laws, like California and Connecticut, have some of the lowest gun death rates. Simply […]

Our Event to Celebrate President Obama Executive Action a Big Success

Thank you all for joining us at the Burr Homestead in Fairfield on Sunday to celebrate President Obama’s Executive Action on common sense gun violence reform. It was a great celebration and a chance for some stimulating and informative conversation with our Senator Richard Blumenthal. Three things you can do keep the momentum going: Watch […]

NY Times Editorial: How does CT stack up?

This past Sunday The New York Times ran an editorial, Despair About Guns is Not an Option, that identified seven legislative and policy prescriptions that would lower gun deaths and injuries. It’s a useful agenda against which to evaluate successes and opportunities in Connecticut, which is just what we did below. Click here to read […]

Governor Malloy To Issue Executive Order on Terror Watch List

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today that he will sign an Executive Order that will deny firearm permits to those on government watch lists. Those with existing permits who are found to be on those watch lists would have their permits revoked. What is referred to as the Terror Watch list actually comprises a number […]

More than half of Americans polled want stricter gun sale laws

by Nick Gass   More than half of Americans want stricter laws when it comes to the sale of guns, according to the results of a Gallup crime survey released Monday. Among adults nationwide, 55 percent want regulations to be more strict, up 8 percentage points from 2014. Just 33 percent think things should remain […]

Murphy to Congress: Hold the sympathy, pass gun law

A press conference to promote a relatively modest gun-control measure became a platform Friday for U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy to denounce the U.S. Congress for refusing to act in the wake of high-profile mass shootings like the one Thursday in Oregon or the quieter daily toll of gun violence in the U.S. “Congress has become […]

Under Secretary Mike Lawlor and Senate President Martin Looney Speak at CAGV Hartford Area Luncheon

(Photos by Wendy Skratt) We were very pleased at the splendid turnout at our September 10th Hartford area luncheon at the Pond House Café in West Hartford. This was our second annual Hartford area luncheon and we were extremely gratified in seeing how our attendance continues to build. Our special thanks to CAGV Board member […]

More than 51,000 assault rifles registered in state

Someone in Connecticut owns 179 assault rifles, but if he’s your neighbor, you may never know. Another state resident has 175 of the semi-automatic rifles that can fire 30 rounds in 15 seconds, like the gun Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A third firearms […]

Walmart’s announcement changes gun conversation

Two years after Connecticut banned the sale of military-style weapons following the Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter, Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, has concluded they’re not good for business. The massive chain is pulling AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles off its store shelves, citing dwindling sales, and sending a national message that the firepower is […]

A complaint has been filed with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission

A complaint has been filed with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission regarding likely illegal campaign spending by the NRA’s PAC in Connecticut. The complaint was filed by 5 gun violence prevention advocates including three Newtown residents – Sarah Clements, Po Murray, and Carlos Soto – who were directly impacted by the Sandy Hook shooting. Specifically, […]

To keep and bear arms

WITH one of the highest murder rates among OECD countries—second only to Mexico—America retains its reputation as a disproportionately dangerous country. The number of violent assaults in America is comparable to those of other western countries, yet murders are much more common. The prevalence of guns goes a long way toward explaining America’s terrible record—they are […]

Join Us For Our Second Annual Hartford Area Luncheon‏

We hope you will join us this year for our Second Annual Hartford Area Luncheon. You can click here to register now. The two topics to be discussed could not be more timely and more important to our cause: Project Longevity is a truly successful program exclusive to Connecticut in its statewide application. No one is […]

Mass Shootings Are Preventable

In this June 23, 2015 article in The Atlantic, David Frum makes the point, and substantiates it, that, although no single law could stop all mass shootings, smart steps can reduce the threat of future attacks. From, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, is obviously no arch-progressive. His article makes a number of […]

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School Safety Research

If we do have armed guards, do they have to be active policemen? It would have to be active duty officers acting in their official capacity, or those who are specially licensed by the state to carry a firearm on school grounds. So they do not necessarily have to be active policemen, as long as […]

CAGV Partnering with Travelers Golf Tournament

We are excited to announce our 2015 partnership with the Travelers PGA Golf Championship “Birdies for Charity” program, a unique fundraising program to get excited about! Birdies for Charity is a pledge-based fundraising program based on the number of birdies made by professional golfers playing in the tournament which runs from June 22-28 at the […]

Study: Gun-permit law cut homicides 40 percent

WASHINGTON — A study of Connecticut homicide rates going back to the mid-1980s concludes that the state’s 1995 permit-to-purchase gun law cut handgun-related homicides by 40 percent. The study by Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, a part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, found there were 296 fewer gun deaths […]

Gun-control debate rises over domestic-violence protections

When Lori Jackson was murdered last May by a man who police identified as her estranged husband, the mother of two from Oxford had a temporary restraining order in place, prohibiting contact but still allowing him to possess a gun until a hearing took place before a judge. Now, companion bills crafted in response to the […]

Gun-control debate rises over domestic-violence protections

When Lori Jackson was murdered last May by a man who police identified as her estranged husband, the mother of two from Oxford had a temporary restraining order in place, prohibiting contact but still allowing him to possess a gun until a hearing took place before a judge. To read the entire article click here.

Wear Orange

On Tuesday, June 2nd, we have one simple request: Wear orange. June 2nd will be the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and wearing orange will demonstrate that you pledge to: honor the lives of Americans lost to gun violence do all we can to keep firearms out of the wrong hands commit to responsible […]

Appropriations Committee Passes Bills to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence Abuse

The Appropriations Committee of the General Assembly has passed SB 650,  An Act Concerning Temporary Restraining Orders. Previously, the bill passed the Judiciary Committee. Now it is on to the State Senate for a floor vote. This bill closes the significant loophole that leaves victims of domestic violence vulnerable to gun violence: The state does not prohibit […]

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The Post and Courier wins Pulitzer Prize for domestic violence series

The Post and Courier on Monday was awarded the year’s most prestigious Pulitzer Prize for its series about the deadly toll that domestic violence takes on South Carolina women. The Public Service gold medal went to the newspaper for its “Till Death Do Us Part” articles that were published across five editions in August. Reporters […]

Gun Violence Prevention Organizations

CT Against Gun Violence and its CT Against Gun Violence Education Fund is one of the state-based gun violence prevention organizations that is an affiliate of States United to Prevent Gun Violence. States United to Prevent Gun Violence, formed in 2000 by state organizations themselves, is a national non-profit association of state organizations working to […]

Judiciary Committee Votes Yes to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

The Judiciary Committee of the CT Legislature voted favorably on April 11 to pass SB 650 and HB 6848, two bills that will help protect victims of domestic abuse by removing guns from subjects of temporary restraining orders. The bills were voted favorably out of committee by a party line vote of 22 to 18. […]

Our Annual Benefit Luncheon: A Great Success

  (Photos by Wendy Skratt) Our Benefit Luncheon at the Greenwich Country Club on April 2 was an enormous success! Thank you so much for all of you who had attended. And thank you so much for all of you who made for such a successful Paddle Raise! We would love to have you join […]

Judiciary Public Hearing Briefing

At the very bottom of this briefing is the actual Legislative Bulletin information on the hearing, but here are the highlights: Hearing is Wednesday, March 11 in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Two domestic violence bills are on the agenda as well as a safe storage bill. The […]

Greenwich Country Club‏ Fundraiser

We hope that you can join us for our benefit luncheon to support CT Against Gun Violence at the Greenwich Country Club on April 2nd (see invitation below). We are very excited that our keynote speaker will be Michael Waldman, President of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and author of the authoritative […]

Gun rights groups challenge Grogins’ judgeship

HARTFORD — Having failed to get their chosen Republican candidate elected governor, gun rights advocates tried to upend the judicial nomination of a former legislator who voted in favor of Connecticut’s strict gun law. That effort, too, failed. To read the entire article click here.

Alma Rutgers: Sandy Hook as the tipping point

Next Sunday is the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre. Since then, more than 60,000 people have died in America from gunshot wounds. By December next year, if nothing changes, that number will be 90,000. To read the entire article click here.

Lawmaker Representing Newtown Draws Stern Rebuke from Gun Control Groups

A state lawmaker who represents a portion of Newtown is drawing criticism from gun control advocates for comments he made on social media. In an exchange on Twitter last night, Rep. Dan Carter, R-Bethel, said advocacy groups on “both sides” in the gun control debate are responsible for gun deaths. He cited the NRA as well […]

Malloy issues ACA challenge to NRA

HARTFORD — Commemorating Connecticut’s first anniversary of tougher gun laws, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy didn’t mince words on Thursday, loudly challenging the National Rifle Association to support the federal Affordable Care Act and help expand opportunities for mental-health treatment. To read the entire article click here.

Newtown Activists Issue Call For Change As Gun Industry Trade Show Opens

Newtown gun control advocates gathered Monday in front of National Shooting Sports Foundation headquarters and called on the gun industry to change its marketing practices, reigniting a polarizing debate the day before the annual firearm industry trade show opens in Las Vegas. The activists called on Newtown-based NSSF to stop marketing military-style assault weapons, to […]

Mayoral candidates pledge to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns

STAMFORD — Democratic mayoral candidate David Martin toured Stamford’s police department Monday with District 146 state Rep. Gerry Fox and Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence. Martin, who serves on the Stamford Police Foundation’s board of directors, pledged to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns if elected. Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, who is not […]

What’s Left For Gun-Control Advocates After Crash-And-Burn In U.S. Senate?

One of the phrases repeated often by advocates of stricter gun laws since the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre has been: “If not now, when?” That rhetorical question became a literal one Wednesday when a federal gun-control bill crashed and burned in the U.S. Senate after months of elevated hopes by Democrats, based on a […]

Hundreds to rally in Hartford for gun control

STAMFORD — Betsy Stone spent three days volunteering as a psychologist in Newtown after the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an experience she said left her feeling “helpless” until she decided to join the fight for stricter gun control and expanded mental health services in Connecticut. To read the entire article click here.

Public Hearings Now Scheduled for Important Gun Safety Bills

The Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Public Hearing for this Wednesday, March 11, at 10:30 am at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) at 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Two Domestic Violence Bills (SB650, An Act Concerning Temporary Restraining Orders and HB 6848, An Act Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence) are on the agenda as well as […]

Gov. Malloy Announces Legislation to Reduce Domestic Violence Homicides

Last May, Lori Jackson, a 32 year-old mother of two living in Oxford, CT, was shot and killed by her husband after a court granted her a temporary restraining order. Despite the court believing Lori’s safety was at risk, her husband was allowed to keep his gun. To close the loophole that puts women at […]

CT Now Has 4th Lowest Rate of Gun Deaths in Nation

Based on a Violence Policy Center analysis of newly available data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, CT now has the 4th lowest rate of gun deaths in the nation.  For the previous year, we had ranked sixth. The VPC analysis also indicates that  states with […]

Newtown Says Make Guns Safer!

January 20, 2015 CAGV Executive Director Ron Pinciaro in front of the NSSF headquarters in Newtown.

Stunning Decline in CT Gun Homicides

In the past few years, gun deaths in Connecticut have been in decline. In 2012, there were 115 homicides, unusual because of the 27 Newtown victims. The previous five year average was 94. In 2013, the total declined to 71, and last year, 2014, there were 56. That is a stunning decline of 40% in two […]

The Year in Review

This year there were plenty of successes for gun violence prevention. Here’s a look at what happened in Connecticut and Nationally in 2014. In Connecticut Drop in homicides: 2012: 115 homicides 2013: 71 homicides 2014: 52 homicides (Up through December 17th) Successes of the 2013 law: According to Governor Malloy’s office, in the first year […]

Two Years after Newtown, Connecticut Gets an A grade on Gun Laws

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has released its 2014 state scorecard, Connecticut again ranks second among the states in having the strongest gun laws, behind only California. In addition to the numeric rankings, the  Scorecard, the fourth annual such report issued by the Law Center, assigns letter grades to all 50 states based […]

Current CT Gun Deaths Data

In the past few years, gun deaths in Connecticut have been in decline. In 2012, there were 115 homicides; in 2013, the year our landmark legislation passed, there were 71, and so far this year, through November, there have been 50. Smart gun laws combined with good community policing programs such as Project Longevity have […]

Myron May identified as the FL State University Shooter

by Emily N. Fish for CT Against Gun Violence                                        Tallahassee, FL – Three Florida State University (FSU) students were shot and wounded early Thursday morning by a gunman identified as Myron May, an attorney and graduate of FSU who later attended Texas Tech University’s law school. Of the three wounded, two were immediately taken […]

It Was a Great Night for Gun Reform

Read, It Was A Great Night For Gun Reform, by George Zornick for The Nation: There weren’t many bright spots for progressives on Tuesday, but if you back stronger gun laws, things went even better than you could have reasonably expected. The big news was in Washington state, where a ballot initiative implementing tough universal background checks […]

CT Voters For Gun Safety Press Release On Election Returns

Here is a press release from CT Voters for Gun Safety that gives a good summary of the election successes for candidates who support our strong gun laws. To see the press release click here.

Once Again, Guns

Here is the NY Times editorial, Once again,guns, by Gail Collins: It’s evening and a mom is tucking in her baby. Getting a nice text from dad, who’s away on a trip. Then suddenly — dark shadow on a window. Somebody’s smashing the front door open! Next thing you know, there’s police tape around the […]

Statement From CT Against Gun Violence on Dan Carter Smear

Fairfield, CT – Last evening, State Representative Dan Carter tweeted that Newtown Action Alliance and Connecticut Against Gun Violence are equally as accountable as the National Rifle Association for gun deaths in this country. Carter tweeted: “Both sides are against reasonable solutions, so they are all accountable for gun deaths – NRA, NAA, CAGV.” Equally […]

More Results Since Passage of SB 1160

Gun rights activists love to proclaim that SB 1160, the comprehensive CT Gun Violence Prevention bill we passed in 2013, signed by Governor Malloy, “doesn’t do a thing” to stop gun violence or prevent another Newtown from happening. A Fairfield man was recently convicted of illegal possession of an AR-15 rifle, banned by the new […]

New Poll in Governor’s Race from Public Policy Polling

New poll has Malloy out to surprising lead in governor’s race by Ken Borsuk for Greenwich Post Gov. Tom Foley? Not so fast, according to a new poll that puts incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy in the lead and represents a rather large break from previous measures of the upcoming gubernatorial race. Under a new poll […]

FBI Releases Report on Mass Shootings

The Federal Bureau of Investigations issued a report on mass shootings on September 24, 2014. The Title of the Report is “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013.” The criteria used to define a mass shooting was when individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people […]

Why I’m Still Into This Gun Thing

Here is Kate Mayer of Newtown on why she is “Still into this gun thing” and why it is so important that we vote on November 4 for candidates who want to keep our strong Connecticut gun laws. The quality of the sound in this video is not great. The quality of the woman and her […]

CAGV Hartford Area Luncheon a Huge Success

The CAGV luncheon at the Pond House Café in West Hartford on September 9 was a delightful occasion and a remarkable success. Guest Speakers State Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams and Senator Beth Bye were entertaining and informative as they addressed the audience on the historic gun violence prevention legislation passed in 2013 and […]

First Malloy/Foley debate in Norwich August 27

The first debate of the campaign between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his Republican opponent Tom Foley will take place at Norwich Free Academy on Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. The debate is sponsored by The Norwich Bulletin and moderated by Bulletin political writer Ray Hackett. General admission tickets have all been spoken for but […]

Gun Safety Supporters Speak Out

Letters to the Editor explaining why you support strong, common sense gun safety measures are important. Here are a few recent Letters to the Editor that we found interesting: Temi Bova in the Hartford Courant on why there should be restrictions on large -capacity magazines Kate Mayer in the CT Post on why she is” […]

Our Blind Spot About Guns

This NY Times editorial, Our Blind Spot About Guns, by Nicholas Kristof, seems to have struck a chord with our supporters: If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents. Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than […]

Response to Gov. Christie Visit

A crowd of about 200 people came to Greenwich on the evening of July 21 in response to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s visit to appear at a fundraiser for endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley. The crowd lined the route peacefully, holding numerous varieties of signage, and chanting from time to time “Not One […]

How They Voted; How Will You Vote?

We are very pleased that so many of you have signed our pledge to let candidates know that you will only support those who favor smart, common sense gun violence prevention legislation (if you haven’t already signed the pledge, you can do it here).So to help you understand which legislators supported our historic gun safety […]

Q-Poll Shows CT Voters Will Vote for Gun Safety

A Quinnipiac University poll based on telephone interviews with 1668 voters showed that CT voters strongly support gun safety and intend to support candidates who agree. The poll was conducted from May 1 to May 6. Support for strong gun laws was equally as strong as when asked in June 2013. Connecticut voters support our […]

Shell Shocked & Project Longevity – Special Screening and Discussion –You’re Invited

  CAGV, together with Project Longevity, is presenting two screenings in Hartford of the Documentary film, Shell Shocked: at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church at 3:00 pm and at the Artist’s Collective  at 7:00 pm on May 7. Shell Shocked is a gripping documentary about youth violence in New Orleans.  Project Longevity is an exciting […]

You Are Invited To A Screening

  CAGV, together with Project Longevity, is presenting a Screening of the Documentary film, Shell Shocked, at the Bijou theater in Bridgeport on May 6. Shell Shocked is a gripping documentary about youth violence in New Orleans. Project Longevity is an exciting program that has been working successfully to curtail gun violence in the largest cities […]

Why NRA’s scary “open carry” craze is not about freedom

by Heather Digby Parton for Imagine you’re sitting in a restaurant and a loud group of armed men come through the door. They are ostentatiously displaying their weapons, making sure that everyone notices them. Would you feel safe or would you feel in danger? Would you feel comfortable confronting them? If you owned the […]

Gun Laws Matter

Chart from Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, The gun industry and the Corporate Gun Lobby have long claimed that we do not need more restrictions on guns. They claim that more guns mean less crime. When we passed our comprehensive gun violence prevention bill in the 2013 Connecticut legislative session, they claimed that […]

Stop In-State Gun Trafficking To Criminals

The following op-ed, written by CAGV Executive Director Ron Pinciaro, was published the Nov. 4, 2013 online version of the Hartford Courant. Gun crimes are too often committed by persons who cannot legally own guns. Virtually all gun sales start with a legal sale. So how do those legally acquired guns get into the hands […]

CAGV Benefit Luncheon A Huge Success!!!

On behalf of CAGV, we want to sincerely thank our dedicated and generous supporters for the success of our March 5 luncheon. We were thrilled to have a packed ballroom, all eager to hear Colin Goddard, Senior Policy Advocate at Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, speak of his experiences as a victim of the Virginia Tech […]