Action – Thank our legislators for supporting H.R. 8.
Yesterday (1/8), on the eighth anniversary of the shooting that killed 6 and injured 12 people, including former Rep. Gabby Gifford, House Democrats introduced H.R. 8 – The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.
This bill would require all gun sellers, including private vendors, to conduct background checks on potential buyers. 11 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington and the District of Columbia already require universal background checks for all sales and transfers of any kind of firearm.
NRA-sayers that this kind of legislation won’t stop ALL shootings, but these rules stop a startling amount. Statistics show that universal background checks reduced gun violence in Connecticut by 40% and reduced gun suicide by 15%. That’s a lot of funerals that didn’t happen.
Make sure your legislators get their names down as cosponsors right now. Salud Carbajal has expressed support for universal background checks as has Julia Brownley, as you can see. (names aren’t on the cosponsor list,site seems sluggish…)
Also, thank Senator Feinstein, who, along with Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), reintroduced the Background Check Expansion Act as S.42, and Senator Harris, who are is already a cosponsor. Full text here.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Reps./Sens. [___] for cosponsoring and publicly championing H.R.8 (Reps.)/S.42(Senators) – the Universal Background Act.
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
How have your members of Congress voted on gun bills? See the chart here.