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Daily Action: When It Comes To Guns, Silence Is Deadly


CONTACT: 
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to express my disgust at Congress' refusal to act to curb gun violence in this country -- even after Newtown, even after Orlando, even after Steve Scalise's shooting, and even after Las Vegas last night. It's outrageous that the one gun measure before Congress right now would make it easier for men like the Las Vegas shooter to do even more damage, by easing access to silencers.  I urge the congressperson to oppose H.R. 367, the ludicrously named "Hearing Protection Act," which would remove protections against the use of silencers that have worked for 80 years. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Last night's shooting in Las Vegas was the deadliest in American history, perpetrated by a man perched in a hotel room high above the audience at a country music festival -- a man who was in possession of more than 10 guns, and used an automatic weapon to carry out his attack. It is the latest evidence that America's current gun violence prevention laws simply aren't up to the task of curbing the tragedies that can be caused using modern weapons that are easily available -- too easily available -- at stores, gun shows, and via private transactions nationwide.

But instead of recognizing the need to find legislative solutions to America's crisis of gun violence, this fall Republicans in Congress intend to do the National Rifle Association's bidding once again, and pass a law that achieves the NRA's legislative priority for the year: making it easier for gun owners to purchase and use silencers. Under current law, silencers -- which reduce the noise emitted from firearms -- are regulated the same way machine guns and short-barreled rifles are under the 1934 National Firearms Act. However, the Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), now on the House GOP's agenda, would remove gun silencers from the list of items regulated by the Act.

If it passes, the SHARE Act would be the first pro-gun bill approved since President Trump took office. However, Trump already has made it easier for both fugitives and the mentally ill to buy guns, rescinding protections via the Congressional Review Act. The NRA and Republicans in Congress also want concealed-carry reciprocity, allowing people who hold permits in one state to be able to tuck away their firearms and carry them across state lines. The House may move forward on that bill before the end of the year.