Nick and Amanda Wilcox take step back after nearly 20 years of gun safety advocacy in California Legislature


Nick and Amanda Wilcox’s lives were changed forever in January 2001 when their daughter, Laura, was killed during a shooting rampage across Nevada County.

In the nearly two decades since then, however, the couple has turned their devastation into a lever for change on the state and national stage.

Amanda and Nick Wilcox have been familiar faces at the state Capitol after they founded the Nevada County chapter of the national Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Amanda took on the volunteer role of legislative chair for Brady California.

“She is a voice that is always there,” noted California Assemblyman Phil Ting on Monday, as he joined with other state Assembly members to honor Nick and Amanda Wilcox for their work. Ting called his introduction of the Wilcoxes a “very sad honor,” as the couple recently announced their intent to step back from active lobbying.

Amanda “has done an incredible job of carrying on her daughter’s legacy,” Ting said. “We are so thankful for all the hours she has voluntarily given to our state — really to our country.”

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