Call your reps and ask them to PASS the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R.8) and vote NO on any concealed carry reciprocity legislation that could allow people with dangerous histories to carry a concealed, loaded firearm across state lines.
When it comes to guns, we need common sense policies
Since there’s no federal standard for who can carry a concealed, loaded gun, Concealed Carry Reciprocity would turn the weakest state’s gun laws into the national standard. New York has some of the strongest gun safety laws in the country, but these would be undermined if CCR became law. In Florida, people with domestic violence backgrounds can’t get a license to carry. In Georgia (and 13 other states), they can. CCR would mean that women across the country would be less safe.
One important step towards safety is to pass universal background checks. Currently, there is a loophole in our federal law that allows private sellers who are not federally licensed to sell firearms without doing a background check. This loophole allowed for the online sale of over 1 million firearms in 2018 alone.
On average, 50 women are shot and killed by intimate partners every month in the U.S.
American women are 16x more likely to be shot and killed than women in other high-income countries. We shouldn’t be making it easier for people with dangerous backgrounds and domestic abusers to carry firearms, but legislators bought and paid for by the NRA want nothing more than to pass CCR.
We have a chance to pass a key gun safety reform
On January 8th, a bipartisan group of representatives introduced the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R.8). This legislation would require a background check for every firearm sale and most gun transfers. In 2018 alone, there were 340 mass shootings. It’s time to pass legislation to limit the unchecked sale of firearms in our country.
Here’s what you can say:
I urge you to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8) to stop the unchecked sale of firearms. It’s time to pass comprehensive legislation to address our country’s gun violence crisis
I also believe you should say no to any legislation that advocates for Concealed Carry Reciprocity, a dangerous piece of legislation that guts state gun laws. Use your voice to fight for gun safety laws that will really keep us all safer, like universal background checks. Thank you.
Please share your own personal story or reasons why stopping CCR and passing background checks is important to you.