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Freedom From Gun Violence

ProtectMN.org
Dear Friend,

As I sit home listening to fireworks going on outside, it occurs to me that in many neighborhoods in America, it would be gun shots I’d be hearing. As our nation celebrates freedom and independence, the sad reality is that we are not free from fear of gun violence, because our government is not independent from the gun lobby’s control.

There have been so many grievous shootings lately, nationally and here at home, that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Instead of spending all our time reacting to each incident, the leadership of Protect Minnesota has decided to keep working proactively, towards our ultimate goals of passing sensible gun laws and preventing similar incidents of gun violence in the future. We invite you to help by participating in two events that will be critical to achieving these goals.

1) Paint It ORANGE! Kick-off Celebration, from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, July 13, at the International Institute of Minnesota in St. Paul. This event will raise essential funds for our expansion into Greater Minnesota. With four dangerous gun bills coming back at us next legislative session–and the threat of a Permitless Carry Constitutional Amendment on the ballot in 2018–it’s vital that we identify, organize and mobilize gun violence advocates in rural Minnesota NOW. Tickets are only $25. Click HERE for more information about this fun event and buy your tickets TODAY.

2) Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence, September 13-14, 2017, in Minneapolis. After months of planning, I am so excited to be able to announce that registrations are now open for this important event. Hosted by Protect Minnesota, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, the Minnesota Public Health Association, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Northstar Conference will:

  • provide a forum for local, regional and national leaders in gun violence prevention to exchange knowledge, insights and experiences;
  • highlight and provide a catalyst for new gun violence prevention research;
  • provide professionals from across the state with pertinent knowledge and usable tools to implement in their individual work, organizations, and communities;
  • raise awareness among Minnesota media and the general population that gun violence is a public health problem for which solutions do exist; and,
  • provide practical training for gun violence prevention activists as part of an evening Advocacy Seminar.

Click HERE for more information about the Northstar Conference. I urge you to take advantage of early bird pricing by registering soon. And please pass this information on to like-minded friends.

Let’s keep fighting for freedom from gun violence. Let’s re-dedicate ourselves to achieving our goals, no matter how difficult that may be. And let’s PROTECT MINNESOTA!

Peace,

Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, Executive Director

Ohio House to Vote on Guns Everywhere Bill

Preserve Gun-Free Zones

The corporate gun lobby wants to allowing hidden, loaded handguns into our weapons-free zones with NO penalty! Contact your Ohio House Member and urge them to vote NO on HB 233.

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Dear Friend,

The House Federalism and Interstate Relations committee just passed HB 233, the “Get Out of Jail Free” Guns Everywhere bill, that would violate the rights of Ohio property owners by removing the penalty for concealed carry licensees that violate weapons-free zones.

In fact, under HB 233, licensees would face no penalty for intentionally entering a weapons-free zone with a hidden, loaded weapon, so long as they leave if they are caught.

The good news is that your voices are making a difference and Permitless Carry (HB 201) and the Surprise Gun Bill (HB 142) have stalled in the committee for now.

HB 233 could go to a floor vote as early as Thursday of this week. It’s incredibly important that you contact your Ohio House member now and urge them to vote NO against this bill.

Protect the school safety zones, government buildings, places of worship, institutes of higher education, day care centers, as well as businesses and workplaces that have made the decision to remain weapon free. Click here to make an impact now.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Thorne, Executive Director
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence

Good news! SB 719, ERPO, moves on to House floor for a vote!

Ceasefire Oregon
Dear Friend,

Good news! SB 719, Extreme Risk Protection Order, was successfully voted out of the House Rules Committee and is now headed to the House Floor for a vote. The vote must happen soon because the session could end this Thursday or Friday.

We must make sure this bill is scheduled for a House vote.

say that you support SB 719 and SB 1065

Although SB 1065 has had procedural problems, we still hope the key aspects of this bill can be passed.

Both bills are critical to reducing gun violence in Oregon, especially in preventing suicide and domestic violence. Saving lives often depends on keeping guns out of the hands of those who would harm themselves or others. SB 719 and SB 1065 will give Oregonians the tools we need to do just that.

Oregonians cannot wait another year to protect our loved ones who might be suicidal and who are suffering from domestic violence. Please call today.

Thank you for your great work to reduce gun violence.

Best wishes for a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Penny, Joanne, and the entire Ceasefire Oregon Team

North Carolina: We won!

Jennifer —

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,
Becky

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.

Life-saving NY Gun Violence Prevention Bill Passed in the Assembly!

Dear Friend,

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 nyagv@nyagv.org or 212-679-2345 to make arrangements.

Rhode Island Senate passes the “Protect Rhode Island Families Act”

Thank the Senate

Thank the Senators who voted in favor of S0405 A.

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Dear Friend,

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.

Thank you,

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence

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.