Casey Woods

Ashoka Fellow
Miami, FL, United States
Fellow Since 2016
My Work: Leveraging law enforcement's ability to stop the illegal flow of guns.


This profile was prepared when Casey Woods was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.
The New Idea
Despite the fact that over 100,000 people are shot in the US each year, gun violence persists because of the divisions that prevent productive dialogue and action on solutions – even solutions that focus on measures most gun owners agree with. Within this environment, Arms With Ethics is taking an alternative approach to the problem of gun violence, focusing on strategies that provide paths for law enforcement leaders to take immediate action on common-sense initiatives to prevent the illegal flow and illegal use of guns.

Casey’s insight and work through Arms with Ethics is focused on leveraging law enforcement’s unique ability to speak to all sides on the gun issue by developing police-led proactive strategies that engage both gun owners and gun retailers as partners in protecting public safety. Each of Arms With Ethics’ initiatives has a dual focus: to both have an impact on the illegal flow of guns and to engage law enforcement leaders in a new way that expands and maximizes their potential to be effective voices on the issue of gun violence in their communities and across the country.

Arms With Ethics partners with more than 45 law enforcement agencies in a dozen states on strategies that include programs to help prevent gun theft from retailers and individual gun owners, address gaps in effectively tracing crime guns, and help law enforcement provide expanded gun safety resources to gun owners and dealers. These innovative approaches offer immediate avenues for law enforcement to meaningfully engage with the community around the issue of gun violence.
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