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Background The Rise of Ghost Guns—and What it Means for Gun Violence Prevention 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic set in, so-called “ghost guns” were already on the rise. Since then, we’ve seen an increase in these untraceable guns at crime scenes and mass shootings. The panic buying of guns due to COVID-19 further fuels this already troubling trend.

Update Five Years After the Charleston AME Church shooting, There’s More Congress Can Do to Stop Gun Violence 

On this day five years ago, nine lives were taken at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. The mass shooting is a gruesome manifestation of the intersection of racism and gun violence. Sadly, both problems remain just as prevalent today as they were five years ago.

FCNL in the News My story is not unique. But it should be 

When I was 14, I lost a close friend to a gun. Shortly after that, in her own home, my mother was held at gunpoint. Just two years ago, my home — Nevada — was devastated when 58 innocent people were killed and another 413 injured while attending an outdoor music festival. What is perhaps most striking and sad about my story is how it is anything but unique.

Advocacy Resource Honoring Victims of Gun Violence: Resources for Your Faith Community 

Engaging in the National Vigil and December Sabbath

This December, people around the country are gathering to honor and remember those who have lost their lives to gun violence. This is a powerful opportunity to show solidarity with advocates nationwide and hold victims in the Light.

Background Extreme Risk Protection Orders: Comparing Legislation in the 116th Congress 

Extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) are designed to help keep guns out of the hands of people who are a threat to themselves or others. ERPOs allow families, household members, and law enforcement officers to petition courts to temporarily restrict an individual’s access to guns if the person is considered to be a threat.

Statement Removing Military Weapons From Our Communities 

On Sept. 25, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled "Protecting America from Assault Weapons." FCNL submitted this statement in advance of the hearing, calling on Congress to mark up and pass the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (H.R. 1296).

Update Cultivating Young Social Justice Advocates 

Returning from the 10-day Washington Summer Intensive, FCNL’s 20 Advocacy Corps organizers knew they would be faced with the difficult task of advocating for legislation to end gun violence. But they didn’t know that within days the issue would tragically return to the front pages after a terrible round of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

Update House Takes Up Gun Violence Prevention Bills  

As Congress resumes its work on Monday, Sept. 9, the House Judiciary committee is expected to take up three separate bills addressing different facets of gun violence. Taken together, these bills would represent a substantial step towards reducing the obscenely high rate of gun violence in the United States.

Event Working Together to End Gun Violence: Meet Advocacy Corps Organizers and Take Action 

Watch the Recording

In response to recent mass shootings and the pain that has swept our communities once again, young people are raising their voices and taking a stand against gun violence. You can join this movement!

Update Here's Why I'm Hopeful 

It has been one week since I said goodbye to the 20 young adult organizers who make up FCNL’s Advocacy Corps. After 10 days of training in Washington, DC, they are now in their communities organizing on a tragically relevant issue: gun violence.

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