Press Releases

Violence Policy Center Statement on U.S. House Passage of Ban on Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazines

Washington, DC – Following today’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of legislation to ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines, Violence Policy Center (VPC) Government Affairs Director Kristen Rand issued the following statement: “Assault weapons are the clearest example of how today’s gun industry innovates for lethality rather than for safety. A ban […]

VPC Joins Other Gun Violence Prevention Groups to File Amicus Brief Supporting the Mexican Government’s Lawsuit Against Members of the Gun Industry

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Global Exchange, March for Our Lives, Newtown Action Alliance and the Violence Policy Center—represented by the law firm Marten Law—filed an amicus brief in support of the Mexican Government’s lawsuit that seeks to hold gun industry members accountable for gun […]

Gun Violence Prevention Groups Condemn Launch of AR-15 Assault Rifles Designed Specifically for Children

Manufacturer Says Its JR-15 Child-Sized Assault Rifle “looks, feels, and operates just like Mom and Dad’s gun” Washington, DC — An Illinois-based gun manufacturer is marketing AR-15 assault rifles designed specifically for children. Manufactured by WEE1 Tactical, and dubbed the JR-15, the company states that the child-sized assault rifles are 20 percent smaller than a […]

Gun Industry Targets Asian Americans as First-Time Gun Owners and Future Pro-Gun Advocates, New Violence Policy Center Study Reveals

Gun Marketing Exploits Rise in Hate Crimes during Pandemic WASHINGTON, DC – Exploiting the increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the gun industry is targeting the Asian American community as potential new gun buyers and future pro-gun advocates, according to How the Firearms Industry Markets Guns to Asian Americans, a […]