Critical news of interest to our readers.

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 nation from gun violence.

The laws we’ve worked hard to pass in Connecticut could have prevented the Parkland shooting, or at least lowered the death toll:

  • The AR-15 assault weapon and high capacity magazines used by the shooter are banned in Connecticut.
  • Permits to carry firearms in Connecticut require approval of the town’s chief of police, which would not have been granted given the shooter’s history.
  • A powerful tool to prevent mass shootings is our Gun Violence Prevention Order (GVPO) that offers a fair, legal process for law enforcement to remove guns from those who are at imminent risk of harm to themselves or others.

But there is more to do in Connecticut, for which we need your help. Public hearings will soon be held to consider bans on ghost guns and bump stocks. Ghost guns are essentially do-it-yourself kits, available on the Internet, to make firearms at homes—including the AR 15—while evading state and federal gun laws. Bump stocks dramatically increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms, allowing assault weapons to practically operate as machine guns.

Please click here if you want to support our campaign to pass these two important measures.

While progress at the federal level is thwarted by Congressional allies of the gun lobby, we need to keep the pressure on. Three bills now before Congress would extend the protections we have in Connecticut to Florida and the rest of the nation:

  • An assault weapons ban (S.2095),
  • A ban on high capacity magazines (H.R.4052) and
  • Providing grant money for states to implement GVPOs (H.R. 2598)

Telling our Congressional delegation that you support these measures—and asking them to co-sponsor them if they haven’t already—is always helpful.  Click here to contact Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, and your U.S. Representative.

Your advocacy makes a difference, and your financial support is what helps us recruit new advocates. Any contribution you can make goes a long way in supporting our grassroots engagement and advocacy work.


Vigil hosted by Mothers United Against Violence in honor of the Las Vegas shooting victims, Hartford CT

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 history was about more than the needless death of 20 beautiful children and six caring educators, it was an indictment on the inability of the country to come to grips with the epidemic of gun violence.

Please join us as we pause for a moment today to mourn the unthinkable loss of life in the Sandy Hook classrooms on this day five years ago—and for the more than 165,000 Americans from every walk of life whose lives have also been taken by gunfire since that day.

For many of us, it’s difficult to consider 12/14/12 a turning point in the fight to end gun violence. Sadly, a majority of the Congress—those sworn to protect us and with the power to act—have done less than nothing. But Newtown was a watershed moment.

Never before has a community galvanized the nation to honor with action the lives lost from gun violence as have the determined and passionate survivors and citizens of Newtown. The staff and board of CT Against Gun Violence are honored to know them as our friends and collaborators in the fight to save lives.

So too are we enormously grateful for your unflagging support and generous contribution of time, energy and resources to make the children and communities of Connecticut, and the nation, safe from gun violence.

Today all of us at CT Against Gun Violence renew our pledge to do all that we can to make that goal a reality for everyone.

Ron Pinciaro speaking at the 2017 CAGV Annual Benefit Luncheon

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 the organization in a consultative capacity.

In accepting Pinciaro’s decision to retire, Isaac said, “All of us at CAGV are extremely sad to see Ron retire from the organization. Under his 16 years of leadership, Connecticut has had unparalleled success strengthening its gun laws; it leads the nation in passing common-sense measures that save lives. As a result of his strong relationships with legislators and successive administrations, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has ranked Connecticut as having the second strongest gun laws in the nation for the fourth year running.” The legislation that Pinciaro was instrumental in passing is why gun deaths in Connecticut are down 28 percent since 2010, giving Connecticut the fifth lowest rate of gun deaths in the nation.

Pinciaro was appointed co-executive director of CAGV in 2001 and became its sole executive director in 2007. During his tenure, working closely with the leadership of the CT General Assembly, he lobbied successfully for the state’s original ban on assault weapons, the requirement to report lost or stolen firearms that is essential to prevent gun trafficking, a permit requirement for buying long guns and prohibiting subjects of domestic violence temporary restraining orders from possessing firearms. Pinciaro was instrumental in helping to draft and pass new, tough regulations following the Sandy Hook School shooting, including background checks for private sales of firearms, expanding the list of prohibited assault weapons, banning large capacity magazines and establishing a permit requirement for buying ammunition.

Announcing his plan to retire, Pinciaro said, “Needless to say, the decision that it was time for me to retire was not an easy one, but one I felt was right. I actually made it about two years ago. While the accomplishments made during the 16 years I spent as executive director of CAGV are very satisfying, I felt that now was the best time to make the change. Wisdom and experience have their place, but there is also value in the energy and perspective of someone new.” Pinciaro went on to say that what he will miss most about leaving are the close relationships he’s developed with the legislature, CAGV’s generous supporters and the organization’s large network of grassroots advocates.

CAGV also announced that after an exhaustive search by the Board, it has appointed Jeremy Stein, Esq. as its new executive director, effective January 1, 2018. During the next 10 weeks as incoming executive director, Stein will work closely with Pinciaro for a smooth transfer of responsibilities.

Stein is a seasoned litigator with over 20 years of experience, graduating from Emory University School of Law in 1994. His interest in fighting gun violence began early in his career, when he served as a prosecutor with the criminal division of the Attorney General’s Office of the District of Columbia. Stein handled many gun related cases, working closely with the ATF, FBI, Secret Service, Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police. Additionally he served as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Patricia A. Broderick. He also served as an assistant public defender with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, in its Baltimore City felony trial division. Most recently, Stein was the managing partner of the Connecticut office of the law firm, Melick & Porter, LLP. He has counseled CEOs and Counsels General of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue.

About Stein, Isaac said, “The board and I are very confident that under the leadership of Jeremy Stein, the organization will continue to play a pivotal role in developing and implementing laws and strategies to reduce gun violence in Connecticut. Jeremy’s experience as both a prosecutor and public defender offers a unique perspective that will serve the organization well as it advocates for legislative and non-legislative gun violence prevention solutions.”