In Philadelphia, gun violence is an epidemic. In 2018, in addition to the 249 Philadelphians killed in shootings, over 1,100 people were shot and survived, leaving many with lifelong disabilities. This violence does not affect everyone in the city equally: nearly 85 percent of shooting victims last year were black, and gun violence is the leading cause of death for black men and youth in Philadelphia between the ages of 15 and 34.
The majority of this violence is carried out with easily accessible handguns. We are working to develop new legal theories for regulating firearms under Pennsylvania’s current gun laws, which have blocked virtually all attempts at local gun control.