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Save the Date! CAGV Policy Luncheon Sep 14 at Pond House Cafe

Please mark your calendar for September 14 to join us for the 4th annual CAGV Policy Luncheon at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford. We’re excited to welcome as our keynote speaker Tim Daly, Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty. Mr. Daly brings a wealth of knowledge about gun violence prevention, having served as Managing Director, Guns and Crime Policy at the Center for American Progress prior to joining Rep. Esty’s office.


Mr. Daly, and other speakers to be announced, will share their perspectives on strategies for advancing the gun violence prevention agenda in Connecticut and the nation despite the unfavorable climate in Washington. We’ll share the latest CAGV initiatives and how you can help advance our mission to reduce gun death and injury in Connecticut.

Before it slips your mind, please add the CAGV Policy Luncheon to your calendar for September 14, noon to 2pm.

Best,

Jonathan Perloe

Director, Programs and Communications
CT Against Gun Violence

Session Recap, New Research, and More

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share our 85th Legislative Session report with you.  With your help, we defeated unlicensed carry and other harmful bills, and moved gun violence prevention bills forward.  Many thanks for your advocacy through phone calls, emails and visits.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

We’ll be keeping a watch on the special session that starts July 18th, but don’t expect any gun bills to be taken up.

In other news, this is my final week as executive director of Texas Gun Sense.  While I remain committed to gun violence prevention, I’ll be taking some time off to spend with family.  I’ve really enjoyed helping to build the organization and working with supporters like you.  I will miss being front and center in this fight!

The Board of Directors is currently interviewing candidates and will likely have a strong replacement hired soon.  Until then, the work continues – please check out our updates below.

Thank you for all your support over the years.

My very best to you all.

Andrea Brauer
Executive Director

Senate Resolution on Gun Violence Awareness

Many thanks to Melody Chatelle, our lobbyist, and Senator Garcia, who helped get SR 854 passed and signed by the Lt. Governor in the final weeks of session. The resolution recognizes June 2nd as National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the rising number of gun deaths in the state, and the need for leaders to work together on solutions.

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Champions for Gun Violence Prevention

Three Texas legislators stand out for their hard work on and commitment to gun violence prevention this session. TGS delivered certificates to Rep. Rafael Anchia, Rep. Gina Hinojosa, and Rep. Poncho Nevarez.  We are so grateful to them and all of the gun violence prevention champions this session.

Other News

Pew Research Study

A new Pew Research Center survey provides important information on Americans’ views on guns and gun policy.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

A new study by AAP based on data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that firearms are the number three cause of death for children aged 0-17. It’s time to get serious about a multi-faceted approach to gun violence, and TGS is advocating for this with state leaders.

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That’s a LOT of paint!

ProtectMN.org

Dear Friend,

Here’s a fun fact: Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined…. and our goal is to paint every inch of it orange, by organizing and mobilizing gun violence prevention advocates in every corner of the state.

 

Which means we’ll need a lot of “paint”!
 
Please help us pay for our expansion into Greater Minnesota by buying your tickets TODAY to our Paint It ORANGE! Celebration on Thursday, July 13! Just $25 will buy you a ticket–what a deal!– although larger gifts are welcome. This event will be short, sweet and a LOT of fun. There will be pay-to-play games, wierd orange “mocktails” and edibles, a cash bar for beer and wine, delicious Minnesota-themed finger food, prize raffles, and more.
 
Help us accomplish the grassroots organizing in Greater Minnesota that will be so vital to blocking dangerous gun bills next session and in years to come. Click HERE to get your tickets. And invite some friends to join you! What a great way to introduce them to a fabulous grassroots organization that’s working to keep their families safe from gun violence!
 
THANKS!!!!!

BILL WATCH: HB 232 will weaken concealed carry laws in Delaware

Protect Minnesota: Preventing Gun Injuries and Deaths
BILL WATCH:
HB 232 will weaken concealed carry laws in Delaware

As the state budget consumes most legislative time in Dover, it’s hard to tell what bills will come to a vote before the season ends.

But we want to keep you informed about one bill voted out of committee last week that could come to the floor for a vote at any time.

HB 232 would create the Delaware Commission on Concealed Carry Licensing. Advocates say this commission is needed to alleviate the stress on the attorney general’s office, at a time when concealed carry applications are skyrocketing.

But this bill, written by the NRA and Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, makes other significant changes to Delaware’s concealed carry laws. It also:

• Changes Delaware from a “may issue” state (giving the attorney general’s officediscretion in issuing licenses) to a “shall issue” state, where the decision to grant a license is automatic once the applicant meets criteria criteria laid out in the law.

• Allows the mere application for expired licenses to become a “temporary license,” without receiving any official approval or giving any definition of how long the application can serve as a valid license.

• Eliminates the requirement that individuals applying to carry concealed publish their intent in a local newspaper. 

All three of these concerns were raised by the attorney general’s office in committee last week.

In a tough budget year, HB232 would eliminate nearly $500,000 in revenue to the General Fund over the next three years.

We do not necessarily oppose the creation of the Commission, but these additional changes to the law will absolutely weaken Delaware’s strong concealed carry permitting process.

We continue to watch to see how these concerns are addressed, and will keep you up to date on its progress.

Oregon: SB 719 and SB 1065 need hearings. Please call today!

Ceasefire Oregon
Dear Friend,

The Oregon legislative session is ending soon and our two top priority bills are still stuck in committee. Please call your legislators today or tonight (leave a message) and ask them to call for hearings on SB 719 and SB 1065.

SB 719 is an Extreme Risk Protection Order bill that allows family members to temporarily remove guns from a loved one during a time of crisis. (Learn more about SB 719 here.)

SB 1065 will disarm convicted stalkers, close the Dating Partner Loophole, and give law enforcement 14 days rather than the current 3 days to complete a firearm background check. (Learn more about SB 1065 here.)

Find your state legislator here.

When you call, be sure to say:

  • Your name and that you are a constituent.
  • You support SB 719 and SB 1065.
  • These bills are effective ways to reduce gun violence and prevent firearm suicide.
  • Oregonians cannot wait another year for legal protection from stalkers and domestic abusers.
  • Be friendly with the staff!

The legislative session is scheduled to end July 10 so we need to push now to get our bills passed!

Questions? Call us! 503-451-3630.

Thank you!

Penny, Joanne, and the entire Ceasefire Oregon Team

Time is running out…we’re counting on YOU

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Three More Emails

Let the RI General Assembly know it’s time for action on domestic violence!

Take Action

Dear Friend,

Time is running out. The clock ticking down to the end of the 2017 legislative session, and we’re counting on you to help us disarm dangerous domestic abusers. The “Protect Rhode Island Families Act” passed the House, but the Senate has so far failed to take any action on the bill. Let them know you want a vote TODAY.

We need you to send three emails, and you can do it with one click:

1. Email Senate Leadership to demand S0405, the Senate companion bill to H5510 sponsored by Senator Harold Metts, be immediately passed out of committee for a vote before the full Senate.

2. Email Rhode Island’s State Senators asking them to vote “yes” on S0405 when it reaches the Senate floor.

3. Thank the members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives who voted in favor of H5510.

Already emailed? Got an extra minute? Please call Senate President Ruggerio’s office at (401) 222-6655, and tell him: “Hello my name is _____ and I’m from _____. I want Senate Bill 405, the Protect Rhode Island Families Act, brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote. It’s time for the Senate to take action and disarm dangerous domestic abusers.” You most likely will only need to leave a message.

We are so close to victory, but we need one final push from you to push this life-saving legislation across the finish line.

 

Thank you,


Pete Bilderback, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence

We Won’t Be Fooled

By this point, we’re sure you’ve heard all about the dangerous bill moving through the PA state Senate that would put guns in classrooms. Well, yesterday, the Senate made some modest amendments to the bill that are designed to make the bill look less extreme.

Make no mistake, this dangerous bill still puts guns in our kids’ classrooms. Can you send a quick email to your Senator telling him or her we still expect a NO Vote on SB 383?

One more click…three important emails

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Three More Emails

Let the RI General Assembly know it’s time for action on domestic violence!

Take Action

Dear Friend,

Last night we scored a huge victory in our fight to make Rhode Island safer from gun violence. The Rhode Island House of Representatives, by a vote of 56-12, passed the Protect Rhode Island Families Act sponsored by Teresa Tanzi. But we have more work to do, and with the clock ticking down to the end of the 2017 legislative session, it’s critical for you to take action immediately. The bill still needs to be passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

We need you to send three emails, and you can do it with one click:

1. Email Senate Leadership to demand S0405, the Senate companion bill to H5510 sponsored by Senator Harold Metts, be immediately passed out of committee for a vote before the full Senate.

2. Email Rhode Island’s State Senators asking them to vote “yes” on S0405 when it reaches the Senate floor.

3. Thank the members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives who voted in favor of H5510.

We are so close to victory, but we need one final push from you to push this life-saving legislation across the finish line.

Thank you,

Pete Bilderback, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence

They’re voting to put guns in classrooms today

The PA Senate, not content to focus on finalizing a budget this week, has decided to take up the issue of allowing teachers and other nonsecurity personnel to be armed in our public schools. No one thinks this is a good idea — not teachers, not parents, not students, and not even two joint State Government Task Forces that have studied the issue. In fact, many of the teachers who survived the Sandy Hook shooting sent a letter to our Senators expressing their deep opposition to this proposed policy.

Please email your Senator right now to ask him or her to vote NO on SB 383, a dangerous bill that will Not make our kids safer. They need to hear from you.

Let them know you’re watching and counting on them to do the right thing.

Asking Saves Kids: Help “Dear Abby” get the message

 

States United - #GrassrootsGVP Report - June 23, 2017

 

Asking Saves Kids: help “Dear Abby” get the message.  June 21 was National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day. The ASK Campaign reminds parents and caregivers the importance of asking if there are unlocked guns in the homes where children play. But on ASK day, “Dear Abby” published a column advising a mother to avoid the “offputting” conversation about guns where her kids play. Help “Dear Abby” understand that this uncomfortable conversation can save kids lives.

Silence and inaction unacceptable in the face of gun violence. In the wake of last week’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., targeting Republican congressmen and their staff on a baseball field, Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.) said: “As with any constitutional provision in the Bill of Rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those rights that we enjoy as people. … And what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly.” Read the brilliant response from Shira Goodman of CeasefirePA, Pennsylvania’s gun violence prevention group and States United affiliate.

NRA is silent over the verdict in the trial for the death of Philando Castile. The verdict in this case is in, and protests have happened across our country in response. One thing is for sure: Philando Castile is one of the black and brown Americans that has died in disproportionate numbers from a gun in the hands of law enforcement. This happens all too often in our country. But Mr. Castile was also licensed to carry a concealed handgun and this contributed to his death. Yet the corporate gun lobby, who supports public carry, has nothing to say. Check out this video from the Daily Show regarding the NRA’s silence.

Toxic masculinity, domestic violence, and mass shootings. While the corporate gun lobby and gun manufacturers continue to perpetuate harmful notions tied to toxic masculinity, which in part asserts that men must be violent, a common thread in many mass shootings is their link to domestic violence. In 2006, the Alexandria shooter was arrested for domestic battery and discharge of a weapon after reportedly punching his daughter’s friend and shooting at her boyfriend. The charges were dropped, but he later lost custody of his daughter