Keep Guns Out of the Hands of NY Batterers NOW!
As NOW-NY is working with Governor Cuomo’s office to advance a NY bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, Donald Trump is echoing NRA sentiments and pushing the passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (S.446). This dangerous federal bill, extends the jurisdiction of state gun permits across state lines. So if you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in your home state, you would be allowed to carry it in all of them!
In December, the House passed this bill – which will override all state legislation. Experts contend – and we agree – we need stronger gun laws, not more guns! In fact, guns already outnumber people in America – so more guns is definitely not the solution.
This bill will also allow guns on school property, In light of the recent school shooting and Trump’s suggestion to arm teachers, it is urgent that kill this bill before the US Senate passes it. Law enforcement groups are even against the idea.
Additionally, 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 will literally have deadly consequences for women and children in the US.
This stops NOW! Call the Senate and tell them to vote “no” on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. A call script and sample tweets can be found below!
Contact the Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings on this bill and need to hear from you NOW. Here’s the list of committee members who need convincing:
- Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) @JeffFlake (202) 224-4521
- Senator Christopher A. Coons (D-Deleware) @ChrisCoons (202) 224-5042
- 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 Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) @BenSasse (202) 224-4224
- Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) @SenThomTillis (202) 224-6342
- 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
For an even more impactful message, have your friends and family in these states, contact the committee. Send them the sample call script and the pre-drafted tweets to use.
Use this sample call script:
“Hello. My name is ______ and I’m calling from ______. 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.”
Hint: Add a statistic or a personal comment on why it is important to you.
Get the word out with a tweet:
- Gun violence is a women’s issue. Women need #GunReformNOW.
- Enough is enough. Oppose Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. We need #GunReformNOW.
- We need#GunReformNOW because women are 5x more likely to be killed by an abusive partner with a firearm.
- We need#GunReformNOW because a gun in a DV situation increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%.
The timing of this bill could not be worse for the American public. A recent report by the Anti-Defamation League cites an increase in violent extremist hate crimes in 2017. 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 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!