The U.S. Senate will begin debate this week on legislation for universal background checks. Research has shown that more than half of women in the United States murdered with guns are killed by intimate partners. More than half of mass shootings are acts of domestic violence or family violence. This violence is related to our weak gun laws, specifically the private sale loophole.
The private sale loophole makes it easy for those that choose to abuse to avoid background checks and obtain access to a firearm. Domestic violence offenders who are federally prohibited from purchasing guns can avoid a background check by buying from unlicensed private sellers who are not required by federal law to conduct background checks on potential buyers. When effectively implemented, the background check system keeps guns out of the hands of those that choose to abuse. Requiring a background check for every gun sale would reduce violence against women and help save lives.
Contact our Senators TODAY and urge them to support universal background checks by voting YES on S. 649!
Contact Senators Flake and McCain by calling the capitol switchboard at (1-888-269-5702 or 1-202-224-3121) and ask the operator to connect you to Senator McCain’s and Senator Flake’s office.
When you are connected with a staff member, tell him/her:
“I am a [constituent/victim advocate/survivor] and my name is _______. I am calling to urge Senator _____ to vote yes on S. 649. This legislation will close loopholes in our background check system. The private sale loophole makes it easy for those that choose to abuse to avoid background checks and buy guns. This bill’s important provisions are essential to help keep victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking safe. Thank you and I hope Senator ______ will vote yes on this important legislation.”
It’s easy, it’s fast and it’s effective.
If you would rather send emails, click here for contact information. If you have questions, please contact the Systems Advocacy Department at 602-279-2900.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW!