Nevada County couple behind Laura’s Law honored for their efforts in Washington, D.C. |

Nevada County couple behind Laura’s Law honored for their efforts in Washington, D.C.

Nevada-Placer Brady Chapter member Ellen Hanley, Amanda Wilcox and U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, as Wilcox and her husband, Nick, were honored in November by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington D.C.
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The Nevada County couple who helped shepherd Laura’s Law through the state Legislature was honored last month in Washington D.C., by the Brady Campaign.

Nick and Amanda Wilcox, legislative and policy chairs of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for Nevada and Placer counties, were recognized for their volunteer lobbying efforts in California.

They also met with federal lawmakers and their staff in their efforts to pass a law requiring background checks for all gun sales across the nation, Amanda Wilcox said.

“That is what we’re working for,” she added. “I kept hearing over and over that we’re at a tipping point.”

The Wilcoxes became politically active in gun issues after the 2001 Nevada County shooting death of their 19-year-old daughter Laura, which led to the passage of Laura’s Law.

That law allows for the court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment of the mentally ill.

Amanda Wilcox said she has no intent to stop law-abiding citizens from buying guns. She instead wants to “keep guns out of dangerous hands.”

“People will no longer stand for it, and they want their national leaders to do something,” she added. “No other country has this level of gun violence.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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