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June 2nd: National Gun Violence Awareness Day #WearOrange!

June 2nd: National Gun Violence Awareness Day #WearOrange!

PRESS RELEASE! May 26, 2015 … FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CAGV CALLS A PRESS CONFERENCE JUNE 2, 2015. Announcing the First-Ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 12:15 PM on the STEPS OF CITY HALL. On this First-Ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day CAGV will also announce its SECOND ANONYMOUS GUN BUYBACK to be held Saturday, […]

CAGV Second Annual Gun BuyBack, Saturday, June 13, 2015

CAGV Second Annual Gun BuyBack, Saturday, June 13, 2015

CAGV’s  2nd Annual Gun Buyback, in coordination with the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD), will be held at Earl Warren Showgrounds on Saturday, June 13th from 8 a.m. until noon. In June 2014 the Coalition Against Gun Violence held its first Gun Buyback in Santa Barbara in response to multiple requests by the community. The […]

Action Alert: UC Regents Gun Industry Divestment

Action Alert: UC Regents Gun Industry Divestment

In the wake of the tragedy in Isla Vista, California, the University of California Santa Barbara community, Campaign2Unload.org, CAGV and others have come together to turn grief into action. Along with students, faculty and alumni we are demanding action from the University of California:  Transparency of its $88 billion endowment and a ban on all […]

Gun Industry Divestment Campaign

Gun Industry Divestment Campaign

Please join the Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV) in a Campaign to Divest the University of California system of its holdings in the gun manufacturing industry. In the wake of the May 23, 2014, tragedy in Isla Vista, California, the University of California Santa Barbara community, Campaign2Unload.org, and CAGV have come together to turn grief into […]

It Took an Act of Congress to Address Violence Against Women

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was a result of extensive grassroots efforts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The VAWA was drafted by the office of then Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) with support from a broad coalition of advocacy groups. The Act passed Congress with […]

Women Under the Gun: Stalking & Gun Violence

Women Under the Gun: Stalking & Gun Violence

Below is an excerpt from a June 2014 report, “How Gun Violence Affects Women and Four Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them,” by Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons of the Center for American Progress.  Federal law prohibits a person from possessing a gun if he has committed a felony or if he has committed a […]

LAURA WILCOX
March 5, 1981 — January 10, 2001
Laura’s Law was named after Laura Wilcox who was shot and killed by a seriously mentally ill person in 2001. Amanda and Nick Wilcox, Laura’s parents, worked to advocate forAssembly Bill 1421 now known as Laura’s Law, which was signed into law by Governor Gray Davis in 2002.

CAGV Supports Laura’s Law for Santa Barbara County

In California there is a lack of support services for families who attempt unsuccessfully to obtain help for a mentally ill family member. This is sometimes due to limited county facilities or lack of decent housing; therefore countless chronically mentally ill patients bounce from the street to the jail to the hospital and back again, […]

Investigator Lance Badger from the Santa Rosa police department shows an AK 47 assault style weapon (left) and Andy Lopez's toy replica gun (right) at a press conference at the community center in Santa Rosa, California, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle

Imitation Gun Leads To Child’s Death

Editor’s Note: Last year, a Northern California deputy sheriff shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun. The officer will face no charges, because the gun looked realistic and he felt himself under threat. Tragedies like this happen all too often, as you will read below. [Image: Investigator Lance Badger from the Santa Rosa police […]

Gun Buyback a  Huge Success!

Gun Buyback a Huge Success!

HUGE SUCCESS AT THE FIRST-EVER SANTA BARBARA GUN BUYBACK EVENT AT EARL WARREN SHOWGROUNDS: as the sponsoring organization Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV), A Santa Barbara County Coalition in collaboration with the City of Santa Barbara Police Department can be thanked for their successful efforts in collecting 239 GUNS TURNED IN! & FOR TAKING SIGNIFICANT […]

Pediatricians Take on the NRA

Pediatricians Take on the NRA

(Excerpted in part from The Daily Beast May 15, 2014.) “The NRA and the AAP have been embroiled in a very public legal feud over the rights of doctors to talk with parents about gun safety.” For the past three decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – with 62,000 members – has been an outspoken voice […]