The City Council recently enacted laws to expand reporting requirements for firearms, increase penalties for failure to report as required, and increase penalties for other types of firearms-related violations, such as possession of an unregistered gun.
Unfortunately, laws passed on the local level have only so much effect. Now it is time to get some of those laws passed on a federal level. The U.S. Senate will consider two key bills very soon. Call our Senators, who are co-sponsors of the bill, to tell them you support their efforts.
S. 54, the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013, co-sponsored by our Senators, Dick Durbin andMark Kirk, prohibits the trafficking and straw purchase of firearms, with violators facing stiff sentences if they had reasonable cause to believe that any firearm would be used to commit a crime of violence. The bill also toughens penalties for those who possess firearms illegally or who sell firearms to prohibited purchasers.
S.374, the Fix Gun checks Act of 2013, requires that all gun sales be subject to a background check. About 40% of all gun sales–representing about 6.6 million guns–are conducted by unlicensed “private sellers,” including gun shows and the Internet. According to public opinion polls, universal background checks are supported by over 90% of voters.
Call today and say you support these bills:
Senator Richard Durbin: (202) 224-2152
Senator Mark Kirk: (202) 224-2854
This effort is being led by United Power for Action and Justice, a broad-based community organization composed of over 40 civic religious and civic organizations in calling for changes to gun laws to protect our city. I attended a rally last Sunday with my colleague, 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith, Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, and other civic and political leaders to support the launching of this important campaign.
If your organization would like to learn more about “Do Not Stand Idly By,” the campaign for accountability for gun violence, please contact organizer Tom Lenz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March Against Gun Violence
Friday, March 22, 6 p.m.
Join “CrossWalk,” a processional to remember the more than 800 children and youth killed in Chicago since 2008, and to commit ourselves to ending this epidemic of violence in our city.
The march begins at St. James Episcopal Church at Rush at Huron this Friday, March 22, at 6 p.m., but you may join at any point along the route. For more details, CLICK HERE. Bus transportation is available to return you from the end of the route, but you must REGISTER.
Sometimes it feels as though there is nothing we can do. But now it is different. The movement for sensible gun laws is finally picking up momentum. Take a moment to make a phone call. Join the march against gun violence. Forward this email to others.