Giffords Law Center works at the local, state, and national levels by providing technical assistance, free of charge, to lawmakers, advocates, legal professionals, law enforcement, and citizens who seek to make their communities safer from gun violence. By providing critical support for the enactment of effective and defensible legislation at the state and local levels, we fill gaps in federal policy and demonstrate that we can enact gun safety measures that save thousands of lives and do not threaten Second Amendment rights.
Since the landmark Supreme Court decision in Heller v. District of Columbia in 2008 that redefined the Second Amendment, we have tracked all Second Amendment legislation and litigation nationwide. We provide information and support to cities and states facing challenges through maintenance of a brief bank, pro bono research and support, and amicus briefing.
Community education and action are also critical to creating a safer America. By making complex legal and policy issues understandable, conducting legal research, analyzing existing and emerging policy strategies, providing trainings, and generating model regulations, we educate communities and empower governments to pursue effective measures that are legally defensible.
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The Center for Homicide Research offers one of the finest internship programs in the United States. Distanced-based electronic internships begin in Fall of 2020. Qualifying students come from undergraduate, graduate and law schools.