Taking on Gun Violence in Philadelphia

An initiative of the Richard Berkman & Toni Seidl Health Care Justice Project.

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.

November 15, 2021
Oral argument to be held Nov. 15 in case defending Philadelphia's enforcement of it's "lost and stolen gun" law

July 9, 2021
We filed our brief with Commonwealth Court, defending the lawfulness of Philadelphia's lost and stolen gun ordinance.

November 2020
The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas denied Rashad Armstrong's request for a permanent injunction that would stop Philadelphia from enforcing its lost and stolen ordinance, as we requested. Armstrong and his gun lobby attorneys appealed the decision to Commonwealth Court.

January 2020
Two mothers whose sons were victims of gun violence seek to defend Philadelphia's lost and stolen gun law in court