Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ACTION: DON'T GUT OUR GUN LAWS

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION** 
Wednesday, December 6th 
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DON’T GUT OUR GUN LAWS
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#DisarmHate
#StopCCR
What’s the best way to pass an unpopular, highly dangerous bill that would gut our country’s gun laws? Hijack a modest bi-partisan proposal that promotes gun safety.
That’s what the Republican leadership in the House is planning – and the vote is expected TODAY, possibly mid-day.
The GOP is desperate to pass “Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR),” the gun lobby’s top priority legislation. It would eviscerate state gun laws and make it easy for people with dangerous histories and no training to carry hidden, loaded guns in public across the country.
So, GOP leadership may bundle CCR with a modest proposal to improve our background check system, called the “Fix NICS Act,” which is favored with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
With hate crimes on the rise and white supremacists marching with assault rifles, this is no time to gut our nation’s gun laws. 
Congressmen DeFazio, Schrader and Walden all co-sponsored and voted for a similar bill in 2011; Walden is a co-sponsor of this year’s CCR bill. However, due to constituent pressure, DeFazio has CHANGED HIS POSITION – let’s thank him, and encourage Schrader and Walden to do the same.
We must make it clear that we’re counting on our Members of Congress to protect our gun safety laws. 
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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR REPRESENATIVES**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR BLUMENAUER, BONAMICI and DeFAZIO
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill, which would gut Oregon’s gun laws. I’d like to thank the Representative for speaking out against it. Now, the bill may be bundled with a proposal to improve our background check system. I’d like to confirm that [s/he] will STILL VOTE NO on Concealed Carry Reciprocity, regardless of how it’s packaged.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN AND SCHRADER
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill. I am disappointed that the Congressman has supported similar bills in the past. Gun safety is critical issue to his constituents. Can I count on him to vote NO on Concealed Carry Reciprocity?”
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**ACTION 2: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS**
(or leave a voice mail)
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am very concerned about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill, which would gut Oregon’s gun laws by forcing us to recognize concealed carry standards of other states. Now this bill is getting bundled with one to fix our background check system, it’s no less dangerous. I’d like to thank the Senator for advocating for common sense gun laws in previous years. Can I count on the Senator to vote NO on Concealed Carry Reciprocity, regardless of how its bundled?”
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**PHONE NUMBERS** 
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753 
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750 
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298 
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129 
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244 
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229 
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142 
La Grande: (541) 960-7691 
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010 
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400 
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300 
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732, 
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609 
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100, 
Oregon City (503) 557-1324

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