Week in Review

CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY IS MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS

Earlier this week, Congress — following direction from the NRA — formally began their efforts to enact federally mandated concealed carry reciprocity (CCR) legislation. The House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and we expect the full House of Representatives to vote on the bill as early as next week. If this bill passes and becomes law, it would mean that almost anyone would be able to carry loaded, concealed handguns almost anywhere in the United States.

The House committee passed this dangerous bill alongside the Fix NICS Act, a bipartisan bill improving the background check system that we support. The House Republicans combined these two bills into a single piece of legislation that’s headed to the House floor, and while this move appears to address our gun violence epidemic, it is in fact is a disingenuous and shameful ploy that puts politics over public safety.

What is “concealed carry reciprocity” and what does it mean for your state? Check out these resources and learn more about the myths the gun lobby pushes about concealed carry, and the facts that bust them.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: DRIVE CALLS TO CONGRESS NOW

The single most important thing we can do right now is drive calls to Congress and tell them to OPPOSE the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This CCR Toolkit includes template emails you can use to activate your lists and a sample script that people can use when they call Capitol Hill. Please share this toolkit with your networks.

TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK

RESEARCH & REPORTS

  • Giffords — Legal & Lethal: 9 Products That Could be the Next Bump Stock: Before the Law Vegas shooting, few people had ever heard of a bump stock. What else is out there? Giffords policy experts put together a report on how the gun industry is putting public safety at risk by manufacturing extremely lethal firearms designed to skirt the federal laws established to keep us safe.

  • Baylor — Gun Culture in Action: A a study published in Oxford Academic finds that poor white men find comfort in guns as a means to reestablish a sense of individual power and moral certitude.

ACTION IN THE STATES

  • Minnesota — Gun Violence Brings Lucy Laney Community to City CouncilParents, teachers—and especially students—shouldn’t have to ask to make their communities safer from gun violence. This is not normal. The representatives from Lacy Laney Elementary school had the courage to stand up and demand change.

  • New Jersey — N.J. Moves Closer to Banning Gun Accessory Used in Las Vegas Shooting: The state Assembly’s law and public safety committee voted 8-0 on Thursday to advance a Democrat-sponsored bill that would prohibit the sale and possession of “bump stocks” in the state.

  • New Mexico — Enough with the Death Raffles“Helping local charities is a noble cause. But, let’s not do this by putting more guns on our streets.” GVP advocate Miranda Viscoli and Valerie Plame shine a light on how some charities are raising money by raffling off deadly weapons.

  • Pennsylvania — How Pennsylvania Created a Model Gun Background Check SystemAs federal lawmakers seek to improve record reporting to the federal background check system after a Texas massacre highlighted the risks of missing records, Pennsylvania offers a potential roadmap: The state has spent the last six years aggressively overhauling records reporting, hunting down reporting gaps, and modernizing the technology they use to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

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