STOP SCHOOL SHOOTINGS NOW GOALS
Tell your elected officials that you want them to ACT to STOP SCHOOL SHOOTINGS NOW!
We’re demanding that our Congress pass 3 pieces of legislation IMMEDIATELY:
- Universal Background Checks: (HR 8 and HR 1112 already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives). These bills would require the same background checks in all 50 states, would close existing dangerous loopholes for sales at gun shows, person-to-person “private” sales and internet sales and increase the waiting time to 10 days if a person doesn’t pass their initial background check. We demand these bills be immediately voted on by the U.S. Senate and signed by the President.
- Ban military-style assault weapons* and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Senate and House should pass SB 66 (removing exemption of grandfathered sales) and the President should sign into law. Ban will prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
- Initiate Gun Buyback program using military spending budget. Implement a national program to fairly compensate owners of guns, assault weapons and accessories who voluntarily turn them in for destruction.
OTHER LEGISLATION WE SUPPORT:
Pass Federal Gun Violence Restraining Order Law which allows members of families, households, and law enforcement agencies to petition a court to remove a person’s access to guns if he or she poses an imminent danger to self or others.
Fund government research or allow government entities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to commit funds to research gun violence as a public health issue.
Eliminate the selling of weapons seized during criminal or suspected criminal activity, a common practice by law enforcement agencies in many states.
Require gun owners to be licensed. One option is to implement a tiered licensing program that requires prospective and current owners to participate in training, demonstrate proficiency and maintain a history free from infractions to become licensed and before advancing to the next tier. For example, Tier 1 could be open to anyone age 18 or older and would be limited to revolvers and bolt-, lever- or slide-action rifles or shotguns. Tier 2 could be open to anyone age 21 or older who has achieved Tier 1 and meets the requirements for Tier 2 (tests for proficiency and knowledge of laws, etc.). Those meeting the requirements for Tier 2 would be allowed to owner semi-automatic handguns. And so on.
Require every gun to be registered, similar to car registration. Licenses would include the name and qualifications of the gun owner, and would be subject to renewal at regular intervals.
Require gun owners to carry insurance policies covering every weapon they own, similar to automobile insurance requirements. Policies would have various coverage levels and requirements for safe storage.
Require all guns to be stored in gun safes. Set forth and require gun owners to meet minimum storage safety requirements in order to obtain required insurance. Failure to store guns safely would result in harsh after-the-fact criminal and/or civil liability. For example, if your gun was used in a crime committed by someone else, you must prove it was properly stored in a gun safe that somebody tampered with.
*We define an assault weapon as having the following attributes:
- Semi-automatic firearm capable of accepting a detachable magazine
- Folding or telescoping (collapsible) stock,which reduces the overall length of the firearm
- A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
- Bayonet lug, which allows the mounting of a bayonet
- Threaded barrel, which can accept devices such as a flash suppressor, suppressor, compensator or muzzle brake
- Grenade launcher
- Barrel shroud, which prevents burning of shooter’s arm or hand as a safety device.