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Gun Safety

125 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Adam Putnam, CNN, Rick Scott

Parkland Student Calls for Adam Putnam's Withdrawal from FL Office and Governor's Race

My name is Spencer, a rising senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Just months after surviving the worst day of my life, I was stunned to learn that the Florida agency responsible for granting concealed weapon permits didn’t do background checks for over a year. The reason: the staff couldn’t figure out how to log into the background check system. The man running the agency, Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam, claims that *only* a few hundred concealed carry permits fell into the wrong hands. I’m calling BS. I’ve started this petition, and I need your support. Florida is the only state in the U.S. that allows an agency completely unrelated to law enforcement to issue weapons permits. In 2002, the NRA lobby was successful in getting the weapons permit process transferred to an agency with an official elected statewide. That official, Adam Putnam, actually called himself a “Proud NRA Sellout”. During his almost eight years in office, he’s made it a priority to speed up concealed weapon permits. We just learned that his agency failed to do its job. And now he’s running for governor to lead the entire state of Florida. I think his failures on an issue as critical as this should lead to his resignation and a quick exit from the Florida governor’s race. If you agree with me, please sign and share my petition. Tell Adam Putnam his inability to prioritize citizens’ safety over the NRA is an indication that he’s not suited to be the next Florida governor.

Spencer Blum
25,364 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Fred Upton, Debbie Stabenow, Chris Murphy, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Gary Peters, Richard Blumenthal, Margaret O'Brien

Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won't

Adults have failed us. Everyday, we students walk into school with the promise of an education without threat of violence. However, it has become increasingly clear that hallways of schools across America are no longer a guaranteed safe haven. Whether it's an elementary school in small-town Connecticut or a high school in Florida, it's become apparent that school shootings are becoming an expected part of American life. Since 2013, there have been 291 school shootings, with 18 of them happening in 2018 alone. We simply ask how many shootings will it take, how many innocent children have to die, until adults decide we, as our nation's children, are more important than our nation's guns. Therefore, we ask our fellow students to take it upon ourselves to stand up as our adults remain sitting. We demand change. While most students cannot vote, we are not voiceless to our society. There are about 56 million K through 12 students in the United States. If we mobilize this population -- by signing petitions, contacting lawmakers, and utilizing social media -- we can make our presence felt. Ultimately, our goal is to pressure lawmakers to make comprehensive and responsible gun control policy to keep our schools and society safe.  It's not a matter of if anymore, it's a matter of when we will be affected.   Students For Gun Legislation

Julia Kemple
285,939 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, News Corp., Thomas MacArthur, Albio Sires, Donald Payne, Nia Gill, New Jersey State House, New Jersey State Senate, New Jersey Governor, Jerry Green, FOX News, Nicholas Scutari, Bernie Sanders, Chris Christie, Loretta Sanchez, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo, Bob Smith

Justice for Gaffney: With GAFFNEY'S LAW Stop LEO's from being allowed to DRINK & CARRY

On May 13th, 2016, Michael Gaffney 37, beloved, father, son, partner, and friend senselessly died at the hands of an off duty officer that had been drinking and engaged in a bar fight, that ended when the officer chose while under the influence, to shoot an unarmed man. We want a law, Gaffney's Law, to make it illegal, punishable by law, for off duty law enforcement to carry service weapons into any bar or establishment where they intend to consume alcohol. Alcohol and guns don't mix. If you cannot drive under the influence, it only makes sense you shouldn't carry under the influence. Michael Gaffney was not armed, he had no weapons. The officer involved knew Michael, they had been to parties and BBQ's together. Yes, they were both drinking, yes, a fight ensued, but never should an intoxicated officer with a gun solve drunken anger with his service weapon. Police officers are to protect and serve, not get served and shoot. Please, I urge you to consider Gaffney's Law. Make it illegal to mix guns and alcohol, so this might not leave another daughter, girlfriend, mother, and friends without someone they love. We have decided to try to get justice for Michael by helping create Gaffney's Law. Please help us with our petition to change current Attorney General guidelines to make them enforceable laws that prohibit law enforcement from engaging in alcoholic consumption while carrying. Thank you for considering, Gaffney's Law.

Ellen Sona
6,135 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

Tell Trump administration: don't make it easier to export assault rifles.

For no reason other than to increase gun industry profits, the Trump administration has revived proposed rules that were shelved after the Sandy Hook school shooting to make it easier for American manufacturers to export firearms, especially assault weapons that are banned in six states, including Connecticut. There’s a reason that firearm exports are tightly controlled: around the world more than 1,000 people are killed every day in acts of organized crime, political violence, terrorism and human rights violations. According to a study by the Violence Policy Center, “military-style semiautomatic firearms easily available on the U.S. civilian gun market comprise a significant portion of the weapons illegally trafficked to Mexico and other Latin American and Caribbean countries.” As Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wrote last fall to then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, firearm exports “should be subject to more—not less—rigorous export controls and oversight.” Commenting on the impact of the proposed rules change, a senior administration official said, “You could really turn the spigot on if you do it the right way.” According to Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization tasked with increasing gun sales, the rule change could generate a 20 percent increase in exports, sending another 70,000 arms annually into the global marketplace. Among other aspects that weaken oversight, the proposed rules changes would: classify semi-automatic assault rifles as “non-military” despite the fact that many of these weapons of war are used in armed conflict. eliminate Congressional oversight of gun export deals, prohibiting sales to despotic regimes such as it did with Turkey and the Philippines.  Reduce end-use controls making it more difficult to take action against arms traffickers. We should not be exporting America’s gun violence problem just so U.S. arms manufacturers can increase their profits.  Tell the Secretaries of Commerce and State to oppose the relaxing of rules that would make it easier for U.S. firearm manufacturers to export assault rifles and other guns, with less oversight and accountability. Photo credit: CNN

CT Against Gun Violence
3,478 supporters