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gun reform

103 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Everytown for Gun Safety, Mitch McConnell, Coalition To Stop Gun Violence

Demand a National Firearms Act in 2019 like we did in 1934

El Paso, Dayton, Poway, Pittsburg, Parkland, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Orlando, Las Vegas... The list of mass shootings in the United States goes on and on. Our children are dying because of angry men who have easy access to military-style assault weapons, bump stocks and ammunition that allows them to kill dozens of innocent people in a matter of seconds, whether or not they are mentally ill, have criminal records or links to terrorist organizations. It's time to pass a National Firearms Act of 2019 that echoes the one passed in 1934 because of public outrage over the St. Valentine's Day Massacre that was facilitated by the use of use of Tommy guns, the equivalent of AR-15 rifles of today, by gangsters like Al Capone who were in cahoots with corrupt politicians in Chicago and other US cities. As the NYT article (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/how-the-st-valentines-day-massacre-changed-gun-laws.html points out, The National Firearms Act of 1934 took away the right of all private citizens to own Tommy guns and "required NFA designated firearms to be registered and taxed. The $200 tax was quite prohibitive at the time (equivalent to $3,659 in 2017)." (For more information on the NFA, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act The banning of automatic firearms, together with prohibitively high taxation, greatly reduced the number of gun deaths in that era. We need national legislation, not piecemeal state-by-state and city-by-city laws to solve our national crisis of gun violence. To get rid of existing assault weapons, we could also demand that gun manufacturers be taxed to pay for buying back of all assault-style weapons, just as Australians did in their national referendum following the mass shooting in Port Arthur in 1996. The referendum in Australia did not cause a "slippery slope" to take away private ownership of hunting and sporting guns by Australian citizens, which gun control opponents in this country so fear if a buy-back program were to happen here. There has not been a mass shooting in Australia since the national referendum in 1996. Why can't we have the courage to do the same thing? Let's keep every day a day of love, not a day of mourning!

Lisa Stidham
13,595 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ohio State Senate, Ohio Governor, Ohio State House

Tell the Ohio House to vote NO on HB 178, permitless carry!

On April 4th, 2019, the Ohio House of Representatives referred HB 178 to the Federalism Committee. This bill is titled "Modifies weapons law; permit concealed carry without license".  This dangerous bill would allow Ohioans to conceal weapons on their person, without having to have a license. This would allow someone to carry a weapon, concealed, into crowded public areas and on city streets. People with dangerous histories, and those without any firearm safety training would be allowed to carry concealed, loaded, guns.  Anyone over 21 years of age and not prohibited by law to carry hidden loaded guns in public without a license, training, background checks, or oversight. This is extremely dangerous and would put Ohioans at risk. The sponsors of this bill call it a 'constitutional carry' bill, in their attempt to make us believe that they have a right to carry a loaded weapon hidden from the rest of us wherever and however they wish. Now they are trying to expand that to let anyone carry guns without training, licenses, and background checks. It is reckless and dangerous. The primary sponsors of this bill are Representatives Ron Hood (District 78) and Tom Brinkman (District 27). Co-Sponsors include Representatives Niraj J. Antani, Brian Baldridge, John Becker, Louis W. Blessing III, Jim Butler, Sara Carruthers, Jon Cross, Bill Dean, Kris Jordan, Candice R. Keller, J. Kyle Koehler, George F. Lang, P. Scott Lipps, Susan Manchester, Don Manning, Riordan T. McClain, Derek Merrin, Jena Powell, Craig S. Riedel, Mark J. Romanchuk, Tim Schaffer, Ryan Smith, Todd Smith, A. Nino Vitale, Scott Wiggam, Shane Wilkin, and Paul Zeltwanger. Please sign this petition and call your legislators! Tell them to vote NO on HB 178!   Yours, Ohio Students for Gun Legislation (If you have any questions, please email us at studentsforgunlegislationohio@gmail.com)  

Ethan Nichols
6,209 supporters