The U.S. Senate will likely vote on universal background checks during the next two weeks. Research has shown that more than half of women in the United States murdered with guns are killed by intimate partners. In addition, more than half of mass shootings are acts of domestic violence or family violence. This violence is directly 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 gun. Domestic violence offenders who are federally prohibited from purchasing guns can avoid a background check by buying guns 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 to let them know how important it is to support universal background checks to help protect victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking from gun violence.
Contact Senator 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 TODAY! Each time you reach a staff member, tell him/her:
Each time you reach a staff member, tell him/her:
“I am a [constituent/victim advocate/survivor] and my name is _______. I am calling to urge Senator ________ to support legislation that will close loopholes in our background check system. The “private sale loophole” makes it easy for those that choose to abuse or stalkers to avoid background checks and buy guns. Requiring a background check for every gun sale can help save women’s lives. Thank you for listening to me.”
It’s easy, it’s fast and it’s effective-especially if many, many advocates make these calls.
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PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW! Congress needs to hear from you.
Thanks for your advocacy!
Shannon Rich, MSW
Systems Advocacy Coordinator
Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence