Gun reform advocacy group, Everytown For Gun Safety, has announced the rollout of a fund to support legal cases related to gun violence, including those filed on behalf of families and survivors of shooting tragedies.
The fund, initially comprising $3 million, will be allocated to handpicked small and mid-size law firms, solo practitioners, and non-profit legal projects seeking to file lawsuits against prominent players in the gun industry, based on applications submitted to Everytown. In particular, the group is encouraging applications from legal entities that represent communities of color, and those affected by daily gun violence, which is often overshadowed by litigation surrounding mass shootings.
The fund is being launched by Everytown Law, the legal arm of the nonprofit, which launched four years ago and is now “the biggest team of litigators in the U.S. focused exclusively on advancing violence prevention through the courts,” says managing director Eric Tirschwell. The staff consists of 21, including 17 full-time litigators.