Wonderful news! This week the House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8). Now the action moves the Senate, where the legislation faces an uncertain future. Your voice is needed.
Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) praised the passage of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8) late today. It urges the Senate to act swiftly in passing a similar bill.
After years of inaction, Congress is finally advancing policies to reduce gun violence in our communities. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8). Next stop is a vote before the full U.S. House.
On January 8, 2011, Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in Tucson, AZ. On January 8, 2019, House Democratic leadership introduced a bill requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases. It is a small but smart step, and it has a real chance at becoming law.
On October 27 we watched another horrendous mass shooting take place, as 11 people were slain and several others were injured in a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. This anti-Semitic act of violence has no place in our communities or country. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish neighbors and friends against this hatred.
The month of June is Gun Violence Awareness Month, with a day of action taking place across the country on June 2nd. In preparation for this, we’re compiling some of our own resources as well as materials and information from coalition members and outside organizations that are getting involved.
From mass killings carried out by legally purchased assault weapons to “everyday” deaths from suicide, domestic violence, or at the hands of police, gun violence is preventable – if Congress is willing to act.
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Military-style weapons don’t belong in our streets. Not in the hands of civilians who can wreak carnage at a high school with an assault rifle. But also not in the hands of police, who, armed with tanks and grenade launchers, can look and feel more like an occupying force than officers sworn to protect and serve.