JOE CUNNINGHAM RELEASES
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLAN
June 15, 2021
CLOSE THE CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE
Give officials more time to conduct background checks by extending the maximum background check review period from three days to ten days. Oftentimes, it can take longer than 72 hours to process the background check of someone with a complicated criminal history. The last thing we should do is arbitrarily allow gun sales to the people whose criminal backgrounds need the most review. Closing the Charleston loophole simply gives officials more time to determine if the applicant is legally qualified to purchase a gun.
If a background check is initiated, it should be completed before the sale is made. It’s as simple as that.
EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS
Require background checks for all gun sales, including private sales, online sales, and sales at gun shows. This is the most comprehensive and effective way to ensure only law-abiding citizens get access to firearms. This is a wildly popular position: 84% of Americans support universal background checks, including 77% of Republicans.
FULLY FUND HOSPITAL-BASED VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS (HVIP) & COMMUNITY VIOLENCE INTERRUPTION PROGRAMS
Gun violence is a public health crisis and it’s time we approach it as one. We need to fully fund hospital-based and community-based violence intervention programs to identify individuals who are more likely to engage in violence before they commit an offense.
Violence intervention programs, currently practiced by hospitals, provide trauma-informed services for people undergoing treatment for violent injuries. They address underlying risk factors for violence and link individuals to hospital- and community-based resources that can reduce future violent encounters.
Community Violence Interruption Programs reduce community violence by involving trained individuals from the community to identify people who are most at risk for committing or experiencing violence and provide those individuals with services. These services include mentoring, mediation, and identifying the root causes of violence to address them.