We’re hitting the road!
As Congress debates the background checks bill on Capitol HIll, we’re hitting the road to talk with Americans about gun safety. We’re joining forces with our friends from March for Our Lives, Town Hall Project, TOMS, and Levi’s to hold a series of Gun Safety Town Halls and rally support around H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.
“When communities come together to share stories, ask questions, and exchange ideas, we’re able to bridge divides, find unity, and amplify our calls for action.” —Gabrielle Giffords
Our first event in Denver, Colorado packed the Washington Street Community Center with more than 100 community members who gathered to hear from—and ask questions of—gun violence prevention experts, local advocates, and Congressman Joe Neguse about steps we must take to make our country safer.
One of our panel participants, Tom Mauser, lost his son in the Columbine massacre 20 years ago. Since then, Tom has dedicated his life to preventing future tragedies. He told the crowd that he wears Daniel’s shoes as a reminder of why this fight is so important.
Student activists asked questions of Congressman Joe Neguse and community members asked Giffords Managing Director Robin Lloyd about the details of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. At the end of the gathering, the group discussed how best to take action before the background checks bill comes up for a vote.
Our event in Denver was an inspiring reminder of what we can accomplish by coming together in our neighborhoods and speaking with one another and our leaders.
Join us at an event near you.
Denver was only the beginning of our tour. We hope you’ll join us at a future Gun Safety Town Hall near you. Here’s a list of our upcoming events. Not all of the details are finalized yet, so we’ll update this post with RSVP links once they become available.
Austin, Texas | Saturday, February 9th
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CST)
Raleigh, North Carolina | Wednesday, February 20th
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Charleston, South Carolina | Saturday, February 23rd
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Whether or not you’re able to make it to an event, one of the most critical things you can do is to call your representative in Congress.
- Press Release: Gun Safety Town Halls: Read the statement from Gabby Giffords about the Town Hall events.
- Resource Page: Universal Background Checks: This Giffords Law Center webpage is a clearinghouse of data and policy analysis on universal background checks.
- Fact Sheet: Universal Background Checks: This one-page fact sheet from Giffords Law Center details existing loopholes in federal background check laws.
- Fact Sheet: H.R. 8: This one-page fact sheet from Giffords details how the universal background checks bill will close those existing loopholes.