Great news! We did it. The N.C. legislature has adjourned for now and they did not pass the permitless carry bill, HB 746. It was because you called, emailed, wrote letters, and visited the General Assembly that this victory was possible. Thank you.
Because of you,18 year olds will not be allowed to carry a hidden loaded weapon in public and all who wish to carry a concealed weapon will have to go through 8 hours of classroom training and live fire training. I don’t know about you but that makes me feel much safer walking around in public.
We also stopped campus carry and the elimination of our background check system on private handgun sales (pistol purchase permitting system). You spoke and the General Assembly listened.
Thank you again,
PS – Stay tuned for future updates and action because legislators will be coming back to the General Assembly on August 3rd and September 6th. These are for special sessions. We will be there every step of the way fighting to keep North Carolinians safe from gun violence.
We’re making progress here in New York! The New York State Assembly recently passed the New York Extreme Risk Protection Order bill (ERPO) (A.6994), life-saving legislation that will help prevent suicides, domestic violence, mass shootings, and other gun-related tragedies.
Individuals in crisis often exhibit “red flag” behavior or other warning signs indicating that they are likely to harm themselves or others. These danger signs are often observed by family or household members. However, even when loved ones report their fears to law enforcement, police may not have the authority to intervene. The Extreme Risk Protection Order enables family, household members, and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend the individual’s access to firearms.
An ERPO law is a critical tool for preventing and reducing gun violence in New York State particularly with respect to suicide-by-firearm. In fact, research has shown that states with ERPO laws have seen a measurable reduction in suicide rates.
NYAGV applauds the NYS Assembly for passing ERPO. However, our work is not done. We’ll be pushing the NYS Senate to pass ERPO next session.
We need your help! NYAGV is educating communities throughout the state about the ERPO bill, and we’d like to come speak to your community group. Please contact us at email@example.com or 212-679-2345 to make arrangements.
Today we scored another huge victory in our fight to make Rhode Island safer from gun violence. The Rhode Island Senate, by a vote of 33-2, passed the “Protect Rhode Island Families Act“ sponsored by Senator Metts.
Please take a second to thank the Senators who stood up to the corporate gun lobby and voted to make victims of domestic violence in Rhode Island safer. Saying “thank you” is incredibly important because it helps us build the relationships with legislators we will need to move future legislation forward.
The bill already passed the House of Representatives, but because the Senate version is slightly different from the House bill it will need to be reconciled in committee and voted on again before it can be signed into law by Governor Raimondo. We believe this will happen on Wednesday, July 5th, but will keep you updated.
Finally, THANK YOU for all you have done this year. None of this would have been possible without your involvement.
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence
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.
Director, Programs and Communications
CT Against Gun Violence
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.
Three More Emails
Let the RI General Assembly know it’s time for action on domestic violence!
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.
Pete Bilderback, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence