The founders and co-chairs of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV), Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., have announced that they will step aside as co-chairs after seven years.
“Gun violence claims lives and destabilizes communities across the country,” said Feuer and Vance. “In 2014, we formed PAGV, an independent coalition of over 50 prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions throughout the United States, to work toward solutions to this national public health and safety crisis. As we move on from our roles as co-chairs after seven years, we leave PAGV in very capable and experienced hands with Bronx DA Darcel Clark and Santa Barbara County DA Joyce Dudley as the incoming co-chairs. We look forward to this exciting new chapter in the life of PAGV.”
“I joined Prosecutors Against Gun Violence as soon as I became District Attorney for Bronx County, New York, and I have been proud to work with the founding co-chairs, Cy Vance and Mike Feuer. Under their leadership, PAGV has been at the forefront in the effort to reduce gun violence in all its forms, from promoting safe storage in the home, to preventing suicides and accidental shootings involving children, to combating illegal firearms trafficking, to preventing and prosecuting mass shootings,” said Clark. “I look forward to continuing PAGV’s work with my co-chair, Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley, during this time of increased challenges including a rise in gun violence in my county as well as cities throughout the nation. PAGV will continue to urge the federal government to prioritize gun violence as a public health crisis.”
”Mike and Cy did a brilliant job creating, maintaining and growing PAGV. I am honored to have been chosen, along with my esteemed colleague DA Darcel Clark, to begin a new era for PAGV in the afterglow of all of their previous successes,” said Dudley.
The new co-chairs will assume leadership responsibilities on November 15th.
PAGV is an independent coalition of prosecutors representing over 60 million Americans in 24 states that is working to end gun violence. The group brings together prosecutors to discuss policies, legislation, and strategies to help prevent and confront gun violence in their jurisdictions. PAGV has held a dozen national forums on a range of topics, from gun crimes committed in the home, to safe storage, to illegal firearms trafficking, to mass shootings. PAGV has issued a nationwide blueprint on removing guns from domestic abusers, and a resource guide on preventing mass shootings and prosecuting mass shooters. The organization has also filed amicus briefs in several important cases, including those pertaining to ghost guns and gun licensing.