IMPORTANT CALL TO ACTION
Oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill
Help the MA Coalition Reach 8 Key U.S. Senators
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There is a dangerous bill now in Congress called “Concealed Carry Reciprocity.” Currently each state sets its own requirements for carrying concealed loaded guns in public. Some states, including MA, require firearms training and local police authorization before obtaining a concealed carry permit. Alarmingly, 12 states do not require any permit or training for the legal carrying of a handgun, either loaded or unloaded, openly or concealed.
If this law passes, an armed person from a state with no gun license requirements and no concealed carry permit requirements would be within the law to carry a loaded gun into any other state, overriding that state’s laws. This means that despite Massachusetts’ strong laws, we would have people entering our state who could be carrying concealed weapons without any safety training, and without having been subject to our strict licensing requirements.
Law enforcement overwhelmingly opposes this legislation. It will be difficult for police to know whether a person carrying a handgun has been properly vetted in their home state.
This bill is the NRA’s number-one priority. The gun lobby has been trying to pass reciprocity legislation for over two decades. They are trying again.
There are 8 senators who are particularly important in efforts to defeat this bill. These are Democrats who voted for a similar bill in 2013.
Your Help Is Needed!
Please help get voters from these seven states (WV, VA, MT, IN, MO, ND, NM) to call their U.S. Senators listed below and ask them to vote AGAINST the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill.
West Virginia (D) Joe Manchin 304-342-5855 or 202-224-395
North Dakota (D) Heidi Heitkamp (202) 224-2043
Virginia (D) Mark Warner (202) 224 2023
You can do this in any or all of the following ways:
- If you have friends or family in those states, call them ASAP and ask them to call their U.S. Senators, and to have five of their friends make calls.
- If you are part of an organization, religious institution, or club that has affiliates in any of these states, reach out to those people, or see if the leader of the MA organization will reach out to his/her counterpart in those states (for example, we have people from various religious denominations reaching out to the leaders of religious organizations in these target states). We are trying to reach the leaders of these organizations to get them to make calls to the Senators listed below and to involve their members, also.
- Sign up to join the Voter Action Team for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s “Gun Sense Action Network”. This will allow you to contact voters in these key states through an automated system. To sign up for the Gun Sense Action Network, please use the following link:
There are training sessions available to people making these calls for the first time, and there is always a script available to use while making the calls.
We need your help RIGHT NOW to defeat this dangerous legislation!