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We are happy to announce that our campaign has been awarded the 2020 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction. This was awarded for advocating for gun violence prevention and making a commitment to govern with gun safety in mind.

Moms Demand Action is part of Everytown for Gun Safety and is the nation’s largest grassroots volunteer network working to end gun violence in America. With nearly six million supporters and volunteer chapters in every state, Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families.

We are grateful for this distinction! Below is more information from Moms Demand Action

Explaining Key Federal
Gun Violence Prevention
Policy Issues

Keeping guns out of the wrong hands by requiring background checks on all gun sales

Current federal law only requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on gun sales. That means criminals, domestic abusers, and people involuntarily committed due to mental health can avoid the very background checks designed to block them from getting guns by simply buying them from strangers they meet on the internet or at gun shows. Background checks should be required on all gun sales—not just those sold by licensed dealers in brick and mortar stores, but in all the ways unlicensed sellers are selling guns today.

Intervening before tragedy by enacting extreme risk (or “red flag”) laws

After too many tragedies we hear people say they saw the signs. Extreme risk laws are a critical tool that allow law enforcement and family members to intervene before a tragedy when someone is clearly in crisis. Where there is evidence that someone poses a serious risk of injuring themselves or others with a gun, law enforcement or family members can ask a judge to temporarily restrict that person’s access to firearms. These laws are a proven way to reduce firearm suicide, combat mass shootings, and prevent tragedies while protecting the rights of everyone involved.

Disarming domestic abusers by closing the boyfriend loophole

Federal law currently prohibits some intimate partners, like spouses, from possessing or purchasing a gun if they were convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or are subject to a final protection order. But a loophole enables other abusive intimate partners, like dating partners, to continue to have access to guns even though women in America are as likely to be killed by a dating partner as a spouse.

Appropriating much-needed federal funding for gun violence research

More than 20 years ago the NRA fought aggressively to persuade Congress to freeze funding for gun violence research, and, as a result, funding for gun injury prevention fell by over 90 percent. The 116th Congress—for the first time in two decades—appropriated $25 million in federal funding specifically for gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, but more is still needed.

Holding the gun industry accountable by repealing the gun industry immunity law

Since October 2005, an extraordinary law has provided gun manufacturers and sellers with a unique, broad immunity from legal accountability. Thanks to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), the gun industry is shielded from the lawsuits that are most often used in the United States to hold businesses accountable for products or practices that harm people. PLCAA blocks legal responsibility for gun manufacturers that have failed to innovate and make guns safer, and for irresponsible, reckless and negligent sales practices that contribute to the flood of illegal firearms in our communities.

Reducing injuries and fatalities by restricting access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines increase the number of people killed and injured in mass shootings and daily gun violence since they enable shooters to fire more quickly and with more destructive force. Research has shown a majority of mass shooting deaths could have been avoided if assault weapon and high-capacity magazine restrictions had been in place.

Addressing school safety effectively to prevent mass shootings and end gun violence in school

Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines increase the number of people killed and injured in mass shootings and daily gun violence since they enable shooters to fire more quickly and with more destructive force. Research has shown a majority of mass shooting deaths could have been avoided if assault weapon and high-capacity magazine restrictions had been in place.

Prioritizing solutions to the city gun violence devastating communities every day

Gun homicides and assaults are concentrated in cities—in fact, in 2015, half of all gun homicides in the U.S. took place in just 127 cities, which together contain less than a quarter of the country’s population. Federal elected officials should fund proven solutions to reducing this violence and increasing safety (including community-based violence intervention programs), as well as shut down the ways in which guns are trafficked into our cities.

For more information about gun laws and how gun violence impacts your state and community please visit Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund’s Gun Law Navigator and EveryStat