Last updated on: 4/7/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
Reasoning:

“People carrying hidden, loaded handguns in public create unnecessary risks of intentional or accidental shootings. Carrying concealed weapons (‘CCW’) increases the risk that everyday disagreements will escalate into shootouts, especially in places where disputes frequently occur – in bars, at sporting events, and in traffic. Permissive concealed carry laws violate the shared expectation that public places will be safe environments free from guns and gun violence…

[H]andgun carrying bans were among the earliest gun laws adopted by states; even legendary Old West frontier towns like Dodge City, Kansas, knew better than to allow the carrying of hidden pistols.”

“Concealed Weapons Permitting,” smartgunlaws.org (accessed Apr. 4, 2017)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Founded in the wake of the July 1, 1993, assault weapon massacre at 101 California Street in San Francisco that left eight dead and six wounded, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is now the premier resource for legal expertise and information regarding state and federal firearms laws. Made up of the foremost gun law attorneys in the nation, the Law Center tracks and analyzes firearms legislation in all 50 states, files amicus briefs in critical Second Amendment cases across the country, and works with lawmakers and advocates to craft and promote legislation that will reduce gun violence and save lives…

[T]he Law Center operates as part of the Americans for Responsible Solutions Foundation, the 501(c)3 arm of Americans for Responsible Solutions.”

“Our Mission,” smartgunlaws.org (accessed April 7, 2017)

Mission:

“As a nonprofit organization founded by attorneys, we remain dedicated to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence through educating the public, free of charge, on America’s gun laws and the commonsense solutions that will reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country…

[L]aw Center to Prevent Gun Violence exists because we believe that none of us has to live in a society where so many lives are lost to gunfire. We all deserve to live in communities free from the fear and threat of gun violence. We can protect everyone’s Second Amendment rights AND enact smart laws that will reduce death and injury from firearms. We know it’s possible, and we know how to do it.”

“Our Mission,” smartgunlaws.org (accessed April 7, 2017)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?