HB21-1299 (Sullivan & Bacon/Fields & Hansen) Office of Gun Violence Prevention
This bill would create the Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the Department of Public Health and Environment to coordinate and promote effective efforts to reduce gun violence. It would create a requirement for the office to launch and conduct public awareness campaigns to educate the public about existing resources related to gun violence prevention. The bill would allow the office to establish and administer a grant program to support community-based organizations who use evidence-based strategies to interrupt cycles of gun violence, trauma and retaliation. The office would also be required to create and maintain a gun violence research bank.
The Children’s Campaign supports the bill. The Office of Gun Violence Prevention would help people across the state better understand data, research and evidence-based strategies to prevent and disrupt cycles of gun violence. Firearm tragedies create community-wide trauma and toxic stress and have reverberating, and sometimes lifelong impacts on individuals. We know that many youth nationally witness gun violence against others in their families or communities.
Passed third reading in the Senate on a vote of 20-15 and now heads to the Governor for signature.
May 7, 2021
Assigned to the House Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Fri., May 7 upon adjournment. Erica Manoatl, our Manager of Research Initiatives submitted written testimony in support of the policy.