About National Gun Victims Action Council
National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) is a non-profit organization working on behalf of the millions of gun victims and survivors, the faith community and ordinary people to end the Gun Violence Epidemic. Our approach is strategic and utilizes economic levers, novel legal strategies and the involvement of corporations to pursue sane gun laws.
NGVAC was founded by Elliot Fineman after his only son, Michael, was fatally shot in 2006 by a mentally ill man who, despite having been institutionalized twice, was legally able to buy the gun.
NGVAC is known for originating the action against Starbucks which resulted in their changing their gun policy.
After the tragedy in Newtown, NGVAC facilitated the formation of the Newtown Victims & Clergy for Corporate Responsibility (NVCCR). Working together, they created Operation Sideline, a concerted effort to get corporations to take a stand against gun violence.
Deeply concerned about the danger to public safety posed by open and concealed carriers, NGVAC asked the premier legal firm, Mayer Brown, what liabilities property owners’ might face from an intentional or accidental gun incident if they allow guns on their property. Their memorandum concluded that property owners could face massive financial risks as the incident was “foreseeable” if “no guns” signs were not posted. Based on this opinion, NGVAC is pursuing actionable plans with Liability insurers.
NGVAC commissioned a groundbreaking study to find if carrying a gun in public provided self-defense. The independent study with volunteer carriers was conducted by professors of criminology and sociology at the Prince George’s County Police Department’s training facility.
The study proved that carrying a gun does not provide self-defense unless the carrier is trained, attains and maintains a high skill level. It provides major implications for public policy. A future study is planned to determine if an armed audience is subject to more—or less— casualties then an unarmed audience when attacked by a shooter or a terrorist group.
In 2016 we initiated a petition calling for President Obama to declare a National State of Emergency regarding the Gun Violence Epidemic as the only viable way to immediately halt this scourge we have been forced to live with. We have renewed that call with President Trump.
National Gun Victims Action Council continues to relentlessly pursue original strategies to force sane gun laws. We can be found at http://www.gunvictimsaction.org.