Gun Violence Prevention Project

This will be GVPP’s third year as Berkeley Law’s first student group focused on using legal tools to reduce and prevent gun violence in the United States.

GVPP has collaborated with two organizations in the group’s history at Berkeley Law, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Brady Legal. Students in the past have helped Giffords develop guides, fact-sheets, and other resources to educate individuals and organizations on California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVROS) laws and how GVROS can be used to keep communities safe. Students have also assisted Giffords by performing research on the intersection between the data privacy movement and the radicalization of the internet, in addition to the glorification of violence on many internet platforms, and how the law functions in this area. GVPP was proud to support Giffords efforts in brainstorming new legislation strategies that serve the dual goals of protecting privacy and preventing the further growth of the internet’s capacity to precipitate gun violence.

This past year, GVPP performed legal research for the Brady Organization, helping attorneys develop impact litigation strategy challenging cities and states which have not adequately enforced their gun laws, which as a result has created a disparate impact on communities of color around the country. By demonstrating the disparate impact gun violence has inflicted on black and brown communities in America, Brady attorneys have been able to make important crossroads holding local government entities accountable for the violation of its citizens’ civil rights, in a time when the federal government has made it increasingly hard to hold gun manufactures and federal entities responsible for the violence and trauma that guns have caused in this country’s communities. Students will continue to support Brady in these important and groundbreaking impact litigation strategies, and will be asked to brainstorm other proposed action that Brady can take to challenge gun laws across the country. 

GVPP looks forward to furthering the goals of our organization, to reduce and prevent gun violence, through legal strategies that not only acknowledge the exceeding effect that violence—and in particular gun violence—has on people of color in America, but also uses this established disparate treatment to bring justice to minority communities and to reduce gun violence in the U.S.

GVPP participants will develop critical skills in legal research and writing, and gain invaluable experience learning how gun control laws function across different states and devising litigation strategies to challenge complacent state actors. Because GVPP is a relatively new SLP, there will be room for participants to contribute to shaping its direction long-term and make the work their own.

Supervision: Students will receive training from and provide pro bono legal services under the supervision of attorneys at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco, California and Brady Legal in Washington, D.C.  

Time Commitment: Three hours every other week. 

For more information, please contact the student leaders at gvpp@berkeley.edu.

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