Keep Concealed Guns Off Our Streets!
A GOP bill allowing concealed guns in all 50 states has passed the House! Call the Senate NOW and tell them to vote “no” to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (S.446). A call script and sample tweets can be found below!
NOW-NY worked to advance Governor Cuomo’s law to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers in New York – and this dangerous bill extends the jurisdiction of state gun permits across state lines. Essentially, if you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in your home state, you would be allowed to carry it in all of them.
Since the Parkland school shooting, Trump is pushing to get this bill through Congress.
NOW-NY is concerned about the impact this legislation will have on sufferers of domestic violence. Since women are 5x more likely to be killed by an abusive partner who has access to a firearm, this bill would have deadly consequences for women and children in the US.
1. Contact your Senators!
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) @SenGillibrand (202) 224-4451
- Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) @SenSchumer (202) 224-6542
Registered outside NY? Find your Senator here.
Get the word out with a sample tweet:
- Gun violence is a women’s issue. Women need #GunReformNOW
- Enough is enough. Oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. We need #GunReformNOW
- We need #GunReformNOW because women are 5x more likely to be killed by an abusive partner with access to a firearm.
- We need #GunReformNOW because the presence of gun in a DV situation increases risk of homicide for women by 500%.
Use this sample call script:
“Hello. My name is (your first and last name) and I’m calling from (city and zip code). I don’t need a response. I’m calling in regards to S.446, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This bill will be devastating to the safety of all New Yorkers, particularly women and children. I want to encourage the Senator to vote “no” on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill. Thank you.”
2. Contact the Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings on this bill and need to hear from you NOW. For an even more impactful message, have your friends and family in the following states reach out to their Congressional Representatives on the committee. Make sure to send them the sample script and the pre-drafted tweets for them to use as well.
- Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) @JeffFlake (202) 224-4521
- Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) @SenKamalaHarris (202) 224-3553
- Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) @SenFeinstein (202) 224-3841
- Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) @SenBlumenthal (202) 224-2823
- Senator Christopher A. Coons (D-Deleware) @ChrisCoons (202) 224-5042
- Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) @maziehirono (202) 224-6361
- Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) @MikeCrapo (202) 224-6142
- Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) @SenatorDurbin (202) 224-2152
- Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) @ChuckGrassley (202) 224-3744
- Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) @SenJohnKennedy (202) 224-4623
- Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) @amyklobuchar (202) 224-3244
- Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) @BenSasse (202) 224-4224
- Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) @CoryBooker (202) 224-3224
- Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) @SenThomTillis (202) 224-6342
- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) @SenWhitehouse (202) 224-2921
- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) @GrahamBlog (202) 224-5972
- Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) @JohnCornyn (202) 224-2934
- Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) @SenTedCruz (202) 224-5922
- Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) @SenOrrinHatch (202) 224-5251
- Senator Michael S. Lee (R-Utah) @SenMikeLee (202) 224-5444
- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) @SenatorLeahy (202) 224-4242
This bill will also allow guns on school property, clearly stating that an individual “is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone.”
Coupled with the fact that a report by the Anti-Defamation League cites an increase in violent extremist hate crimes in 2017, the timing of this bill could not be worse for the American public. In fact, murders committed by white supremacists doubled this past year, making 2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence since 1970.
Critics are also raising concerns about how city and state gun control laws will be impacted. Since the NRA is backing this legislation and Trump is an avid supporter – thanks to their $30 million donation to his election campaign – it appears that opponents to gun control laws are winning the battle.
This is not just a women’s issue; it’s a national issue. To end gun violence in our county, we must come together and act NOW!