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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

2022 Election News

Learn where candidates running for the CT General Assembly and statewide office rank in their support for policies that will reduce gun violence. GET THE GRADES

Gun Violence Roundtable

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

$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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 — […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hundreds Turn Newtown Orange At Gun Violence Awareness Rally

[metaslider id=1558] 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our Event to Celebrate President Obama Executive Action a Big Success

[metaslider id=1412] 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Murphy to Congress: Hold the sympathy, pass gun law

[metaslider id=1294] 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 […]

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

[metaslider id=1265] (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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our Annual Benefit Luncheon: A Great Success

 [metaslider id=767] (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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CAGV Hartford Area Luncheon a Huge Success

[metaslider id=763] 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Response to Gov. Christie Visit

[metaslider id=681] 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]