GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

"Gun violence is a national public health crisis - a priority for this office - and we are working on many fronts to prevent it." 

- Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney

and Co-Chair, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence

 

Throughout his career in public service, City Attorney Mike Feuer has made gun violence prevention one of his greatest priorities. In the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, he created the Gun Violence Prevention Unit to work aggressively to keep guns out the hands of criminals and kids. Putting adults on alert, he brings charges against parents who do not properly store their guns which later fall into the hands of their kids – tragedies waiting to happen. He has also worked with LAPD to create new protocols to assure that domestic violence perpetrators cannot get weapons, as there is a chilling link between domestic abuse and gun violence with abused women six times more likely to be killed when there is a gun in the house.

In a groundbreaking national effort, Feuer co-founded and now co-chairs Prosecutors Against Gun Violence with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. With close to 40 members, this independent, non-partisan coalition is devoted to bringing prosecutorial & policy solutions and gun sense to the epidemic of gun violence. More recently, Feuer joined thousands of other leaders and advocates around the country for the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day, participated in the historic March for our Lives and, following the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, assembled the Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety, charged with examining, evaluating and recommending ways to enhance efforts by LAUSD to keep students safe from violence, particularly gun violence, both in schools and surrounding neighborhoods.

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION NEWS AND INITIATIVES

Photo of a gun in a holster wit the LA Times healdine, "Arizona gun laws in LA? It could happen."

 "These bills, both called the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would dictate that if a person can carry a concealed weapon in any state, that person could carry it everywhere in America. This should be a call to action for all Californians concerned about keeping their families safe."

City Attorney Mike Feuer and (former) LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Concealed Carry Reciprocity. - Op-Ed, LA Times: May 25, 2019

 

July 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured a one-year jail sentence and strict weapons conditions against Dakota Young, a North Hollywood resident accused of holding his neighbor hostage with a gun.
 

"The defendant’s dangerous conduct put his neighbor in peril—in an incident that could have ended in tragedy. This conviction holds him accountable, and will prevent him from ha...

April 27, 2019

Yet another synagogue shooting compels us, as a nation, to come to grips with a stark choice: Either we commit to concrete action—both to curb gun violence, and to bind us together as one people—or we consign ourselves to relive again and again how the lethal combination of guns and hate rips families and communities apart.

There is, of course, only one choice. The time for action, on both fronts, is now. And our challenge is...

April 25, 2019


LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, other elected leaders and two prominent gun violence prevention groups joined forces in a renewed push to assure guns are locked up at home, following a 9th grader’s alleged threat to shoot a classmate and the alleged discovery at his parents’ house of firearms that weren’t safely stored.


Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal charges against the y...

October 27, 2018

Our hearts break yet again this morning with news of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  How much longer will the cowardly leadership currently in control of Washington fail to firmly address the gun violence that shatters American lives?  The craven refusal to take the slightest step to prevent gun violence enables the next attack and dishonors the memories of the fallen.  Thoughts and prayers once...

October 23, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal charges against a Mission Hills resident for allegedly keeping a firearm unsecured in the family home. The firearm allegedly was taken by the defendant’s juvenile stepson to Grant High School before authorities were alerted.
 

"Safely storing guns saves lives, prevents crime and it’s the law," said Feuer. "If an unsecu...

October 1, 2018

One year ago, our hearts broke in the aftermath of the senseless massacre of so many innocent people. We are thinking of those we lost, and of their families, of the hundreds injured and the countless lives shattered and changed forever. We are also thinking of the first responders, the many heroic people at the festival and the thousands who waited for hours to give blood.
 

But what we said last year rings even truer today: t...

September 20, 2018

LOS ANGELES (September 20, 2018) – Today, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Children’s Institute and the Los Angeles Police Department announced the REACH TEAM, aimed to support children exposed to gun violence in the Watts community.In 2017, there were approximately 110 calls made to LAPD in Watts reporting shots fired, with over 40% of the calls coming from local housing developments. Read about this new initiative ...

August 27, 2018

Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY : Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., co-chairs of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, today released the following joint statement urging Congress to take action to stop the proliferation of downloadable guns:
 

"The Trump Administration’s decision to grant a private company the ability to distribute downloadable, do-it-yourself 3D gun...

August 23, 2018

Let’s get this straight. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is considering using scarce federal education dollars to arm teachers, while her commission on school safety rejects considering the role of guns in school shootings. This is beyond misguided; it’s outrageous.

Teachers are educators, not law enforcement. Putting more firearms on school campuses won’t make students safer. It will escalate risk. 

Arming teachers is the wro...

August 20, 2018

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., co-chairs of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, today released a letter sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in advance of the preliminary injunction hearing scheduled for Tuesday, August 21, in the Defense Distributed litigation underway in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Dear Secretary Pompeo:

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August 7, 2018

LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced the final recommendations detailed in his School Safety report including the establishment of a District-wide School Safety Director, physical improvements to campuses, increased mental health resources, and safe firearm storage programs in order to keep students in Los Angeles safe. The report is a culmination of Feuer’s Los Angeles School Safety Blue Ribbon Panel hearing...

July 31, 2018

LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has posted a preliminary version of his School Safety report online for public review and comment. The report is a culmination of Feuer’s Los Angeles School Safety Blue Ribbon Panel hearings held across the city. The School Safety Report, developed with expert testimony and public input, will include a comprehensive list of recommendations to keep students...

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6/2/2015 - City Attorney Feuer Continues Taking Action to Curb Gun Violence; Releases new PSA urging parents to lock up their guns, in partnership with Women Against Gun Violence

 

5/10/2015 - Video: City Attorney Mike Feuer Speaks About Gun Violence Prevention in the Rector's Forum at All Saints Church in Pasadena (pictured below with Rector Edwin Bacon).

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer delivers Mother's Day speech about Gun Violence, pictured with Rector Edwin Baker, at All Saint's Church in Pasadena. Linked to YouTube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIuJjBPBjfs
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