BAN DEADLY BUMP STOCKS NOW!

BACKGROUND:
One month after they were used in the Las Vegas mass shooting, a leading manufacturer of bump stock devices which allow semi-automatic weapons to be fired as if they were fully automatic, has resumed sales of the deadly accessory. Bipartisan bills that were introduced in the weeks after the massacre to outlaw the devices have stalled in committee as the NRA lobbies to pass the matter off the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which currently has no power to regulate firearm parts.

Our 3 MOC have all cosponsored bump stock ban legislation (Smith: HR 3999, Booker & Menendez: S 1916) but these bills have gone nowhere as press coverage and the public’s memory of the Las Vegas massacre fade. The NRA wants the Trump administration to direct the ATF to outlaw bump stocks and similar devices. However, the agency has previously said it cannot regulate bump stocks under existing laws. In the meantime, demand for the devices among gun enthusiasts has soared in the past month. And now new bipartisan legislation is being introduced to simply regulate the devices (subject them to registration, background checks and a fee) rather than outlaw them altogether.

1) Let’s call Congressman Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765 around 10:00AM

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles public safety?”

Caller: I’m calling to ask Rep. Smith to forcefully call for the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to advance bill HR 3999, which he co-sponsored and calls for banning the sale of bump stock devices allowing semi-automatic guns to be fired as if they were fully automatic, as they were in the Las Vegas mass shooting last month. There is agreement among Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress and throughout the country against anything allowing weapons to approach fully automatic status, and this device certainly does that. Outlawing this deadly devices is literally the least we can do to make America safer. This matter has stalled in committee and there are attempts to pass responsibility for enforcement off to the ATF, which maintains it does not have the legal authority to do so because bump stocks are a firearm part and the agency only has the power to regulate firearms themselves. This is unacceptable and we will not forget about this issue as the demand for bump stocks soar among gun enthusiasts. It is not enough to simply regulate these devices because there is no justifiable basis such as hunting or personal defense for an add-on firearm device that is designed solely to inflict mass casualties. I strongly urge Rep. Smith to push for the advancement of bill HR 3999.

 

2) Let’s start calling our Senators (Booker D.C. 202-224-3224, Newark 973-639-8700; Menendez D.C. 202-224-4744, Newark 973-645-3030) around 10:00AM…

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of the Senator’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles public safety?

 

Caller: I’m calling to ask the Senator to forcefully call for the Senate Committee on Judiciary to advance bill S 1916, which he co-sponsored and calls for banning the sale of bump stock devices allowing semi-automatic guns to be fired as if they were fully automatic, as they were in the Las Vegas mass shooting last month. There is agreement among Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress and throughout the country against anything allowing weapons to approach fully automatic status, and this device certainly does that. Outlawing this deadly devices is literally the least we can do to make America safer. This matter has stalled in committee and there are attempts to pass responsibility for enforcement off to the ATF, which maintains it does not have the legal authority to do so because bump stocks are a firearm part and the agency only has the power to regulate firearms themselves. This is unacceptable and we will not forget about this issue as the demand for bump stocks soar among gun enthusiasts. It is not enough to simply regulate these devices because there is no justifiable basis such as hunting or personal defense for an add-on firearm device that is designed solely to inflict mass casualties. I strongly urge the Senator to push for the advancement of bill S 1916.

 

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Sources for more information:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-01/bump-stocks-are-back-one-month-after-las-vegas-gun-massacre

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bump-stocks-sales-las-vegas_us_59fa0675e4b0b0c7fa377bbb

 

Caller best practices:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bh-wNrUSJgQHs7OfsOu7HMyNuCK4veyRsRH0IfibG6Q/edit?usp=sharing

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Rep. Chris Smith – http://chrissmith.house.gov/contact/
Senator Cory Booker – https://www.booker.senate.gov (scroll to bottom)
Senator Bob Menendez – https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact
State of NJ reps – http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp
NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000
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