In 2014, District Attorney Vance joined with Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer to found Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, an independent, nonpartisan coalition of big-city prosecutors working toward meaningful solutions to the national public emergency of gun violence. PAGV shares best practices for prosecuting gun offenders and fights for common-sense gun safety policies, such as improving the national background check system, preventing terrorists from obtaining dangerous weapons, and limiting access to guns by perpetrators of domestic violence.
In November 2017, PAGV members met in Washington D.C. for a two-day emergency summit following the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs. Members met with their state’s Senators and House Representatives to discuss the dangers of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and the need to enact the Gun Violence Prevention Order Act. Previously, PAGV has convened summits in: Manhattan, focusing on illegal gun trafficking; Los Angeles, focusing on the intersection of gang violence and gun crimes; Miami, focusing the correlation between mental health and gun violence; Portland, focusing on the connection between incidents of domestic violence and gun violence; and Atlanta, focusing broadly on gangs, traffickers and domestic abusers.
PAGV will continue to work locally and nationally to raise public awareness and support for the following policy principles:
- Promoting states’ rights over federal mandates, such as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
- Eliminate bump stocks
- Universal background checks
- Timely and effective transmission of prohibited persons data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
- Combatting illegal weapons trafficking by tightening federal and state anti-trafficking laws, limiting multiple gun sales, and supporting inspection and enforcement of licensed gun dealers
- Limiting access to guns by domestic violence perpetrators, and supporting gun dispossession protocols for domestic abusers
- Addressing the nexus between mental health and gun violence
- Preventing gun violence through youth and community outreach
- Using technology to more effectively enforce existing laws
- Safe storage of firearms
Prosecutors from around the country speak out against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act at the 2017 PAGV Conference in Washington D.C.