After a decade of inaction, the House of Representatives passed historic gun safety legislation—H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019—to close dangerous loopholes and require a background check for every gun sale. This is a huge victory. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to pass this bill and get it to the president’s desk. Will they find the courage to act?
Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed with a gun than people in other developed nations – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Gun deaths are preventable, which is why we’re committed to tackling this national gun violence epidemic.
The gun lobby has been selling a message of fear to the American public for years. And it’s used its money to scare lawmakers into following its extreme ideology. Our path to safety is to summon the courage of America and fight back with voices and votes.
The 2018 midterm election marked a historic shift in politics and cemented gun safety as a galvanizing force in America.
This year's midterm election has major repercussions for the 2020 election, when we have a chance to elect a gun safety majority in the White House and Senate.
Gun safety champions swept the nation in a historic defeat of the NRA's top financial beneficiaries in the US House of Representatives.
For nearly the first time, gun reform groups outspent the NRA, and won, in the 2018 midterm election.
Against fierce opposition, we have helped pass more than 290 new gun safety laws in 45 states and Washington DC.
Ending our nation’s gun violence epidemic will take the commitment of lawmakers to make communities safer. But it will also take the collaboration of people from all walks of life coming together and finding the courage to speak up.
“Together we are demanding change because we know our elected leaders can do more to protect our rights and save lives.”— Sheriff Lupe Valdez
“As gun owners and ranchers, we’re looking for leaders who will take responsible steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”— Don and Jane Schreiber
“We know gun violence is a complex problem, but we also know there are steps we can take right now that will make women and families safer. We must reduce the risk for victims of domestic violence.”— Ruth Glenn
“In our great country, gun violence is a disaster that left 33,000 dead last year, and more than 84,000 injured. We need to mount a national response. ”— Admiral Thad Allen
“In order to keep guns out of dangerous hands and make our communities safer, law enforcement officials need the best tools and resources that our country has available.”— Louis Dekmar
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