Gun Safety and Violence Prevention

Commissioner Britton has a consistent gun-safety voting record, routinely supporting common-sense legislation to keep our communities safe.

Gun Safety Legislation

Commissioner Britton has a consistent gun-safety voting record, routinely supporting common-sense legislation to keep our communities safe. 
  • In April 2021, Commissioner Britton supported a resolution Declaring Gun Violence Public Health Crisis. 
  • In September 2019, Commissioner Britton joined the Board in accepting grant dollars to improve prosecution success of the drivers of violence.
  • In July 2020, Commissioner Britton voted against a tax incentive for the Eagle Ridge Gun Club, citing tax incentives as drivers of economic success, not violence.
  • In June 2020, Commissioner Britton joined the Board in declaring the month of June Gun Violence Awareness Month in the County of Cook.
  • In December 2019, Commissioner Britton supported a Board Resolution supporting federal legislation requiring universal background checks for all gun sales.

ARPA Violence Prevention Initiatives

Commissioner Britton is proud to have voted for and helped guide the spending of Cook County's $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act dollars. This once-in-a-lifetime infusion of federal dollars will be spent over three years and aims to support both immediate recovery needs as well as long-term transformative initiatives. Plans include:
  • Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Grants: The Cook County Justice Advisory Council will award up to $65 million in grants for programs designed to prevent and reduce gun violence in Chicago and Suburban Cook County. This program has been designed to be inclusive of large and small programs to fund violence prevention strategies including mental health, employment services, street outreach, and case management. Grants will also support programs geared toward residents at risk of being involved in community violence.
  • Gun Crimes Strategies Unit: This program embeds Assistant State's Attorneys in six of Chicago's most violent police districts. This will allow the Cook County State's Attorney Office to expand the reach and efforts of the GCSU to help combat the rise in violence and shootings within the City and the South Suburbs.
  • Programs and Services for Domestic Violence Survivors: Levels of domestic violence have risen during the pandemic. Grants will be made available to providers that support survivors of domestic abuse to fund legal resources, mental health resources, and rapid housing resources.
  • Strengthening Chicago's Youth Juvenile Collaborative: Services will be aimed at reducing violence and minimizing justice involvement for youth who have experienced violence or trauma. This will include trauma-informed care coordination for 500 justice-involved youth per year over the next three years via intake, assessment, connection to evidence-based programming and pro-social services, emergency assistance, family support services, and post-discharge monitoring. 
 
 

Gun Violence Prevention PAC

A non-partisan political action committee, the Gun Violence Prevention Political Action Committee (G-PAC) was founded to counter the political influence of the gun industry and its lobby in Springfield. G-PAC raises the resources necessary to protect and elect public officials with the courage to stand up to the gun lobby. Prior to his involvement with GPAC, Commissioner Britton was a member of the Handgun Control Inc, a group that advocated for gun control and against gun violence.
Commissioner Britton is a proud supporter of common-sense gun legislation for the safety of all.