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As the Alaska legislature returns to Juneau for the start of the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers will again have the opportunity to pass common-sense gun safety bills. Gun violence prevention is more important than ever in the new year as the pandemic continues to exacerbate gun violence, and after a year of increased gun sales, continued police violence, increased risk of suicide and domestic violence, and an increase in city gun violence.
A top priority for lawmakers should be passing secure storage legislation, which requires firearms to be stored locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition. Secure storage legislation helps prevent unintentional shootings and firearm suicides — which account for nearly 70% of all gun deaths in the state.
What to know about gun violence in Alaska:
If you are interested in talking to an Alaska Moms Demand Action and/or Students Demand Action volunteer about their priorities, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Did you know?
The US gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs
Last updated: 1.7.2021