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In 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America came together to tackle our shared goal of ending gun violence. Since then, we have combined the best minds in research, policy, litigation, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to grow Everytown for Gun Safety into a movement of nearly 6 million supporters.

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2020

  • Gun Sense Majority: Arizona

    Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund and Action Fund announced Gun Sense Majority: Arizona, a plan to spend at least $5 million in the Grand Canyon State to elect gun sense candidates up and down the ballot in state and federal races.
  • Legislative Success

    Washington Governor Jay Inslee approved funding for city gun violence prevention programs. The budget signing comes on the heels of Gov. Inslee signing into law Senate Bill 6288, legislation to establish the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
  • Student-Led Virtual Field Offices

    Everytown launches $1.5 million, student-led effort to register 100,000 young voters through virtual field offices—mobilizing people where they are during pandemic.
  • Gun Sense Majority: Texas

    Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund and Action Fund announced Gun Sense Majority: Texas, a plan to spend at least $8 million in to elect gun sense candidates up and down the ballot in Texas.
  • 2nd Annual National Gun Violence Survivors Week

    Over 1,000 survivors of gun violence shared their stories during the 2nd annual National Gun Violence Survivors Week.
  • Legislative Success

    Following the gun safety victory in Virginia’s state election, the Virginia General Assembly passed a slate of gun safety bills, including Extreme Risk legislation.
  • Everytown Represents in Court

    Everytown Law Represents Kansas City, MO in suit against gun manufacturer, dealers, and alleged traffickers for contributing to local gun violence.
  • Electoral Program for 2020

    Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund announces plans to spend at least $60 million on the 2020 elections. This is double what was spent during the 2018 elections and more than any gun safety opponent, including the NRA, reported spending on the 2016 elections.

2019

  • Gun Safety Sweep in Virginia’s Elections

    Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund was the largest outside spender in Virginia’s state election, investing $2.5 million and flipping both chambers of the legislature, creating a Gun Sense Majority.
  • Launch of the Gun Violence Memorial Project

    The Gun Violence Memorial Project launched at the Chicago Architecture Biennial Chicago, in partnership with MASS Design and Purpose Over Pain. The memorial is a space of remembrance and healing for individuals impacted by gun violence.
  • Everytown Wins in Court

    Everytown Law won a major federal court ruling in August that overturned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ refusal to produce data from its firearms tracing database that Everytown Law asked for in a Freedom of Information Act request. The decision was the first in the nation to determine that the ATF could not withhold firearms trace data by using a gunlobby-backed law known as the Tiahrt Rider.
  • Our First Presidential Gun Sense Forum

    Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Students Demand Action hosted a Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa. With less than a week’s notice, sixteen Democratic presidential candidates and former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined about 700 members of the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.
  • 2,000 Volunteers Gather

    Nearly 2,000 Moms Demand Action volunteers, Students Demand Action volunteers, and members of the Everytown Survivor Network gathered in Washington, D.C. for our annual conference, Gun Sense University, and were together when we heard the news of the mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas Walmart. Volunteers quickly organized a march to the Capitol to demand that Congress pass meaningful gun safety legislation.
  • Five years of Wear Orange

    During Wear Orange, which happened in conjunction with the fifth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day, more than 2,500 partner organizations, influencers, corporate brands, and elected officials united around a call to end gun violence. At least 13 presidential candidates, 34 U.S. Senators, and 148 U.S. House Members took part in Wear Orange. Additionally, more than 850 events took place across the country, with at least one in every state.
  • Legislative Success

    The House passed legislation to provide $50 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to research the root causes of gun violence and solutions that could prevent it.
  • Legislative Success

    In the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, the City of Pittsburgh passed a package of gun safety laws. Everytown for Gun Safety’s Litigation Team signed-on to defend the City of Pittsburgh in litigation resulting from its passage of gun violence prevention measures.
  • Legislative Success

    Everytown and Moms Demand Action applaud the governor of Colorado for signing Red Flag legislation creating an Extreme Risk Protection Order, making Colorado the 15th state to empower family members or law enforcement to ask a judge to temporarily suspend a person’s access to guns when they pose a serious risk to themselves or others.
  • Legislative Success

    Everytown and Moms Demand Action celebrate the New Mexico governor’s signing of a bill requiring background checks on all gun sales.
  • Legislative Success

    The House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), which would require background checks on all gun sales. This was the first major piece of gun violence prevention legislation to pass either chamber of Congress in two decades.
  • Legislative Success

    Everytown and Moms Demand Action applaud the governor of Nevada for signing into law legislation that will require background checks on all gun sales in the state.
  • National Gun Violence Survivors Week

    Everytown launched the inaugural National Gun Violence Survivors Week, which focused on sharing and amplifying the stories of gun violence survivors who struggle with the impact of gun violence every day. The centerpiece is Moments That Survive, a year-round digital storytelling site and campaign in which Americans across the country share defining details of their experiences, in their own words.
In a crowd of people, three students hold signs to stop gun violence
Denver March for our Lives (Photo by Jack Dempsey)

2018

  • Over 1,000 Gun Sense Candidates Elected

    Everytown helped elect over 1,000 “Gun Sense” candidates who will pass and enforce strong gun safety laws, including Lucy McBath, Jason Crow, Laura Kelly, Steve Sisolak, and Aaron Ford.
  • “Not One More” Voter Campaign

    Everytown launched “Not One More,” a voter motivation and mobilization campaign in 16 critical congressional districts reaching more than 12.7 million young people, women and people of color. The Gun Safety candidate prevailed in 15 of the 16 districts.
  • Everytown Represents in Court

    In Ohio, Everytown represents several parents suing the Madison County school district to stop the arming of teachers without the full peace officer training required by state law and without adequate transparency to the community.
  • Everytown Represents in Court

    Everytown signs on as co-counsel to defend the city of Boulder, Colorado, which passed a law prohibiting assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks, and raising the minimum age for all gun purchases to 21.
  • Everytown Represents in Court

    On behalf of the city of Missoula, Everytown sues the Attorney General of Montana, who had blocked enforcement of Missoula’s ordinance closing the background check unlicensed sale loophole. The trial court ruled in Missoula’s favor, allowing the public safety ordinance to be enforced.
  • Everytown Represents in Court

    In Florida, Everytown represents several cities and local elected officials challenging the punitive aspects of the state’s firearms preemption law.
  • March for Our Lives

    Everytown helped manage over 850 ‘March for Our Lives’ events around the world—2.5 million people attended.
  • Launched Gun Sense Candidate Distinction Program

    Everytown launched the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction Program—more than 3,000 candidates across 48 states received the distinction and pledged to vote on the side of gun safety if elected to office.
  • Students Demand Action is Formed

    Following the Parkland school shooting in February, Everytown doubles down on investment in Students Demand Action.
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2017

  • Victory in Virginia

    In the NRA’s home state of Virginia, Everytown invests over $2 million, and helps get out the vote, and sweeps five gun safety candidates into office on Election Day.
  • Victory in Rhode Island

    After a three-year fight, Rhode Island governor signs a bipartisan bill, backed by Everytown, to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Rhode Island becomes the 8th state in 2017 to enact a law to help keep guns away from domestic abusers.
  • Three years of Wear Orange

    On the third annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day, more than 215,000 people participate online, helping #WearOrange trend nationally on social media. Corporate brands and nonprofits amplify the #WearOrange message of safety and responsibility, and supporters attend rallies across the country, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Business Buy In

    Everytown and Moms Demand Action applaud Facebook for bolstering efforts to end unlicensed gun sales arranged on its platforms.
  • Legislative Success

    The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear an NRA-backed lawsuit, allowing San Diego’s concealed carry permitting standards to stay intact – thus dealing a blow to the NRA’s push to overturn strong local and state standards.
  • Legislative Success

    Everytown and Moms Demand Action celebrate the New Jersey governor’s signing of a bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, kicking off a series of state legislative domestic violence wins in 2017.
  • Legislative Success

    Gun safety wins in the courts for the third time in 2017, as the Florida Supreme Court upholds Florida’s Open Carry prohibition.

2016

  • Legislative Success

    Voters in three states—Nevada, California, and Washington–approve gun safety ballot initiatives on Election Day.
  • Everytown at the Democratic National Convention

    Advocates of gun violence prevention take the stage for over 25 straight minutes of programing on gun safety at the 2016 Democratic National Convention including Everytown’s Erica Lafferty and Lucy McBath.
  • Disarm Hate

    Leader Pelosi and other House members rally with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Everytown Survivor Network for common-sense gun laws to #DisarmHate
  • Victory in Tennessee

    Tennessee leads the country in adopting “NICS Denials” legislation supported by Everytown to alert law enforcement when people with dangerous histories try to buy a gun and fail a background check.
  • Wear Orange Grows

    In 2016, Wear Orange grows eightfold: more than 300 noteworthy individuals, brands, and organizations answered the call, taking to social media to show their support. Over 150 key buildings and landmarks turned orange. The #WearOrange message echoed globally, reaching millions in a single day.
  • Victory in New Mexico

    New Mexico’s governor signs a bipartisan bill backed by Everytown, ensuring that records of people legally prohibited from possessing guns are submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
  • Victory in Florida

    Together with 200,000 in-state supporters, Everytown and Moms Demand Action applaud the defeat of NRA-backed Stand Your Ground expansion, guns on campus, and open carry bills in the Florida Legislature.
  • Victory in Texas

    After the state’s new open carry law takes effect, the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action successfully urges 600 businesses to prohibit the open carry of handguns in their establishments.
  • Facebook Prohibits Unlicensed Gun Sales

    Everytown’s two-year campaign and conversations with Facebook culminate in the company’s decision to prohibit all gun sales by unlicensed sellers on Facebook and Instagram.
  • President Obama Announces Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

    Standing alongside members of the Everytown Survivor Network at the White House, President Obama announces executive actions to reduce gun violence, including a clarification of which gun sellers are “engaged in the business” and must be licensed and conduct background checks.
A group of people smile at a Wear Orange event. Some hold up signs for the loved ones they've lost to gun violence.

2015

  • “End Gun Violence” PSA

    Everytown teams up with Spike Lee to create an “End Gun Violence” PSA for ABC and ESPN’s Christmas Day basketball coverage. The PSA features NBA stars, Grammy-nominated artist Andra Day, and gun violence survivors from the Everytown Survivor Network.
  • Launch of the Creative Council

    Founded and chaired by Julianne Moore, the Everytown Creative Council launches, bringing together over 100 artists and celebrities committed to ending gun violence.
  • Meeting with President Obama

    Mike Bloomberg meets with President Obama at the White House to discuss strengthening the national background check system and other existing gun laws through executive action.
  • Legislative Success

    Everytown applauds the governor of South Carolina for signing a life-saving domestic violence bill that prohibits abusers convicted of serious domestic violence crimes from possessing guns.
  • Legislative Success

    Alabama, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington all pass laws protecting victims of domestic violence in 2015.
  • Inaugural Wear Orange

    Everytown spearheads the “Wear Orange” campaign, which reaches more than 220 million people online on the first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
  • Legislative Success

    Everytown helps the Oregon legislature pass a law requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales.
A group of volunteers all wear bracelets for Moms Demand Action

2014

  • Legislative Success

    Everytown scores a key victory with the passage of ballot initiative I-594 in Washington State, which requires background checks on all gun sales, including at gun shows and on the Internet.
  • Legislative Success

    Everytown for Gun Safety helps Minnesota pass a law to help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Washington passed these laws in 2014.
  • Founding of Everytown for Gun Safety

    Mayors and moms, supported by everyday Americans of all stripes, launch Everytown for Gun Safety.
  • Moms vs. Facebook

    Moms convince Facebook to take steps to limit illegal gun sales on its platforms.
A few Moms Demand Action volunteers hold signs in front of Starbucks

2013

  • Mayors Meets Moms

    Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action merge.
  • Moms vs. Starbucks

    Moms Demand Action convinces Starbucks to put families first and keep guns out of its stores.
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns Grows

    Mayors Against Illegal Guns reach 1.5 million grassroots supporters.
  • Legislative Success

    Mayors Against Illegal Guns lead successful Colorado campaign to adopt a law requiring background checks for all gun sales—one of four states to do so after Newtown.
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns Advises President Obama

    President Obama announces a plan to reduce gun violence, issuing executive actions recommended by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Headshot of Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action

2012

  • The Beginning of Moms Demand Action

    Stay-at-home mom Shannon Watts launches Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in response to the Newtown shooting.
  • Legislative Success

    At Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ urging, Congress repeals an NRA-backed provision prohibiting military commanders from talking to service members at risk of suicide about guns.

2011

  • Landmark Investigation of Illegal Guns

    Mayors Against Illegal Guns conduct landmark undercover investigation exposing illegal gun sales flourishing online.
  • Congress and Background Checks

    Congress introduces legislation that would require background checks for all gun sales after Mayors Against Illegal Guns starts a national campaign to fix gun checks.

2009

  • Legislative Success

    Mayors Against Illegal Guns defeat NRA’s top legislative priority, which would have forced every state to recognize every other state’s concealed carry permits.

2007

  • Legislative Success

    Congress repeals limits on law enforcement’s access to gun trace data, a critical tool for cracking down on illegal guns—a top Coalition priority.
Original Mayors Against Illegal Guns logo

2006

  • Founding of Mayors Against Illegal Guns

    NYC Mayor Bloomberg, Boston Mayor Menino, and 13 other concerned mayors co-found Mayors Against Illegal Guns.