Reducing Gun Violence
The United States Conference of Mayors supports a comprehensive approach to reducing the scourge of gun violence. It has called for the enactment of sensible gun safety legislation and policies since 1968 and recognizes the importance of strong enforcement of federal, state and local gun laws. It also recognizes that prevention, the involvement of community leaders and organizations, and investment in our neighborhoods and our residents are key to reducing gun violence and making our cities safer. Visit the Conference’s Criminal and Social Justice Standing Committee page for related information.
Latest News and USCM Actions
Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Nashville School Shooting
Sara Durr2023-03-27T16:00:52-04:00March 27, 2023|
Washington, DC—Below is a statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, on
Statement by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on President Biden’s Executive Order to Strengthen Enforcement and Reduce Gun Violence
Sara Durr2023-03-24T12:08:36-04:00March 14, 2023|
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Joe Biden announced an executive order to reduce gun violence and protect public safety,
Statement by The U.S. Conference of Mayors on the Mass Shooting at Michigan State University
Sara Durr2023-03-24T12:09:30-04:00February 14, 2023|
Washington, DC–Below is a statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, on
U.S. Conference of Mayors Joins Fight to Preserve Ability of Local Governments to Address Gun Violence in Their Communities
Sara Durr2023-03-24T12:11:07-04:00January 26, 2023|
USCM Files Amicus Brief in support of Highland Park, IL Washington, D.C.— Today, the United States Conference of Mayors
Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Half Moon Bay Shooting
Sara Durr2023-03-24T12:12:06-04:00January 24, 2023|
Washington, DC—Below is a statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, on
U.S. Conference of Mayors
- May 10, 2023: U.S. Conference of Mayors Amicus Brief in Support of Naperville’s Ordinance Banning the Sale of High-powered Rifles and High-capacity Magazines
- April 19, 2023: USCM to House Judiciary Committee: Vote No on Effort to Reverse Pistol Brace Rule
- April 17, 2023: More than 160 Mayors Demand Congress Act on Gun Safety Legislation
- April 10, 2023: Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Louisville Mass Shooting
- March 27, 2023: Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Nashville School Shooting
- March 14, 2023: Statement by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on President Biden’s Executive Order to Strengthen Enforcement and Reduce Gun Violence
- February 14, 2023: Statement by The U.S. Conference of Mayors on the Mass Shooting at Michigan State University
- January 26, 2023: U.S. Conference of Mayors Joins Fight to Preserve Ability of Local Governments to Address Gun Violence in Their Communities
- January 24, 2023: Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Half Moon Bay Shooting
- January 22, 2023: Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monterey Park Shooting
- December 14, 2022: America’s Mayors Mark 10 Years Since Sandy Hook Mass Shooting
- December 5, 2022: Mayors Whose Cities Had Mass Shootings Urge Senate to Pass Bipartisan Gun Safety Legislation
- November 28, 2022: Implementation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act: Conference staff has been tracking the work underway in the federal agencies responsible for administering the funding provisions in the BSCA and have compiled a report — BSCA – Information on Implementation of Key Provisions — containing information on the Act’s key provisions and how the agencies responsible for funding them currently are implementing them. Please contact Laura DeKoven Waxman with any questions on the Justice Department programs; Crystal Swann with any questions on Health and Human Services programs, and Kathy Amoroso with questions on Education Department programs.
- September 21, 2021: On behalf of the Conference and other local government and law enforcement organizations, the State and Local Legal Center filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, in which the Court will decide whether states and local governments may prevent persons from obtaining a concealed-carry license for self-defense if they lack “proper cause.” The brief asks the Court to rule in the affirmative.
- July 27, 2022: Webinar on Implementation of the Safer Communities Act
- Presentation on Firearms Provisions: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice
- Presentation on Funding Provisions: Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
- Presentation on Funding Provisions: COPS Office, U.S. Department of Justice
- Presentation on Funding Provisions: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Presentation on Funding Provisions, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
- June 15, 2021: Mayors’ Letter to President Biden urging him to further prioritize action on gun violence prevention.
- May 18, 2021: Session on The Factors Behind Gun Violence, from the Summit on Reimagining Public Safety
- April 29, 2021: Webinar: Strategies to Reduce Increased Gun Violence During Challenging Times
- April 13, 2021: Mayors’ April 13, 2021 Letter to the Senate urging quick passage of HR 8 and HR 1446, background check bills
- January 22, 2021: 89th Winter Meeting Session: Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence
The White House
- March 14, 2023: Executive Order on Reducing Gun Violence and Making Our Communities Safer
- March 14, 2023: FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces New Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer
- July 12, 2021: White House Memo to State and Local Officials on How Local and State Government Can and Should Use the President’s Gun Crime Reduction Strategy and Historic Rescue Plan Funding to Improve Public Safety
- June 23, 2021: Fact Sheet on the Biden Administration’s Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety
- April 7, 2021: Fact Sheet providing More Details on the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investments in Community Violence Interventions
U.S. Department of Justice
- September 27, 2021: FBI Releases 2020 Crime Statistics
- July 22, 2021: Justice Department Launches Firearms Trafficking Strike Forces to Address Violent Crime, Crack Down on Sources of Crime Guns
- June 22, 2021: Department of Justice Announces Formation of Firearms Trafficking Strike Forces to Crack Down on Sources of Crime Guns
- June 7, 2021: Justice Department Issues Proposed Rule and Model Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence | OPA | Department of Justice
- May 26, 2021: Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Announces New Effort to Reduce Violent Crime
- May 7, 2021: Justice Department Proposes New Regulation to Update Firearm Definitions
Responding to Mass Shootings
- March 26, 2021: Mass Shootings in America’s Cities: Mayors’ Experience and Lessons Learned
- January 24: 2020: Lessons Learned: Preventing, Preparing for, and Responding to Mass Shootings, from the 88th Winter Meeting
- The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center and the United States Conference of Mayors
- UnitedonGuns has developed a Mass Shooting Protocol & Playbook to help mayors and city staff prepare for, respond to, and help their communities recover from a mass shooting
Resources for Cities
Gun Safety Organizations
- Mayors Against Illegal Guns Founded in 2006 by then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and part of Everytown for Gun Safety, MAIG is a coalition of mayors fighting to end gun violence in America. It works with mayors to fight for gun safety laws and enact gun violence prevention strategies.
- Brady Named for Jim and Sarah Brady who led the organization for many years, Brady works to address gun violence from all angles, emphasizing education, litigation, and legislation to ensure that every community is safe, not only from mass shootings, but also from the daily toll of gun homicide, domestic violence, suicide, unintentional shootings, and police violence.
- Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Giffords is an organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it works to inspire the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer. For over 25 years, Giffords Law Center has been at the forefront of the fight for justice and legislative reform.
- The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. Its guiding principle is simple: Gun violence should be rare and abnormal. The Coalition pursues this goal through policy development, advocacy, community engagement, and effective training.
- Cities United Cities United supports a national network of mayors who are committed to reducing the epidemic of homicides and shootings among young Black men and boy ages 14 to 24 by 50%. In 2018 it published A Strategic Resource for Mayors on Disrupting Community Violence and Preventing Homicides.
Law Enforcement Organizations
- Major Cities Chiefs Association The Major Cities Chiefs Association is a professional organization of police executives representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada. The MCCA provides a unique forum for urban chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement executives to share ideas, experiences, and strategies. MCCA provides a collaborative forum for the advancement of public safety through innovation, research, policy development, government engagement, community outreach, and leadership development. MCCA collects violent crime statistics from its members. Its most recent report compares the first quarter of 2021 with 2020.
- Police Executive Research Forum The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is an independent research organization that focuses on critical issues in policing. Since its founding in 1976, PERF has identified best practices on fundamental issues such as reducing police use of force; developing community policing and problem-oriented policing; using technologies to deliver police services to the community; and evaluating crime reduction strategies. Its most recent report is Reducing Gun Violence: What Works, and What Can Be Done Now
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ATF is a law enforcement agency in the United States’ Department of Justice that protects communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. It partners with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research, and use of technology.
Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Webinar Series
In April 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration announced historic investments in community violence intervention (CVI) efforts to combat the gun violence epidemic. As part of the Administration’s efforts to support communities seeking to implement or expand CVI efforts, subject matter experts are presenting on CVI-related topics in a series of webinars. This webinar series is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, and the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Part 1: Evidence-based Theory and Research on CVI
In this webinar, presenters discuss immediate steps communities can take to reduce community violence as well as the social determinants of health (e.g., norms, policies) that can lead to inequities in violence. Within this framework, presenters define CVI, including the theory and research behind specific CVI models such as street outreach, violence interrupters, group violence interventions, and hospital-based interventions, as well as the role of the community and law enforcement within CVI. Here are the recording and slides of the first webinar.
Part 2: Place-based Approaches to CVI
During this webinar, presenters discuss CVI efforts in the context of a place-based approach. Framed in the social ecological model, place-based approaches can reduce and prevent community violence and crime by enhancing and maintaining the physical characteristics of settings where people come together to foster social interaction, strengthen connectedness, and increase collective efficacy (e.g., shared trust among residents and willingness to intervene). Presenters highlight the importance of community engagement within place-based approaches and discuss how incorporating community revitalization efforts, such as increasing green spaces and addressing abandoned buildings can reduce and prevent community violence. Here are the recording and slides of the second webinar.
Part 3: CVI in Practice
In this webinar, leading CVI experts share their on-the-ground experiences on how to implement CVI strategies within communities. They share insights on what communities should consider to effectively implement and sustain CVI efforts. Here are the recording and slides of the third webinar.