Rep. Chris Van Hollen joined a group headed by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to call on voters to vote for candidates who back "common sense" gun control measures. The Democratic candidate for Senate made the push on Tuesday in Annapolis alongside members of the Americans for Responsible Solutions political action committee and Del. Kathleen [...]
We’re working to…
We’re working to reduce the number of senseless deaths that occur at the hands of guns through education and legislative advocacy. Our efforts are designed to challenge the culture of violence, influence public policy and encourage Marylanders to take action to make their state safer. Our primary focus is on the state of Maryland with an emphasis upon the shooting deaths and injuries that occur in urban Maryland. We are aware that the epidemic of gun violence extends beyond state lines and that many of the struggles Maryland faces is a direct result of neighboring states’ weak laws. We advocate on both the national and local levels for lifesaving gun violence prevention legislation, such as handgun purchaser licensing, to keep guns out of the hands of irresponsible and dangerous individuals. We also believe that legislation and education can save individuals at their most vulnerable times by preventing suicides.
Protect Maryland's 2013 Firearms Safety Act
The Act put in place some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation, including fingerprint-based licensing for gun purchases.
Promote Handgun Purchaser Licensing
Handguns are used in 9 out of every 10 gun deaths. A licensing system helps keep handguns out of the hands of those who should not have them.
Support and Promote Quality Research
We work closely with the best gun violence researchers in the nation to determine what’s working and then spread the word.
Strengthen Gun Violence Prevention Laws
We will work to close loopholes in our current laws and make sure they are enforced.
Expand Our Work Within Communities
Too often, communities at ground zero of this epidemic are left out of the discussion. We aim to fix that.
Educate & Raise Awareness
We will work to raise awareness throughout Maryland on policies and programs to prevent gun homicide and suicide.