January 20th, 2019
Your Action of the Week is
"Support Gun Violence Control legislation NOW!"
The OR legislature is now in session. We will be following bills as they are introduced and suggesting Action's we can take to have our liberal voices of faith heard.
At our annual meeting last year, we heard from Penelope Sturr, the student from Lake Oswego High School, who addressed us on the need to end gun violence. She and Students for Change have submitted a bill which was co-written by March for Our Lives and sponsored by Senator Rob Wagner. In the House, it is sponsored by Representative Andrea Salinas. It is bill number SB 501.
There are at least seven different pieces of legislation regarding ending gun violence. These are all worthy of our support. The most comprehensive bill is the "Student's Bill", SB501. SB501 has six components
1. Requirement for a permit to buy a gun
2. A limit to purchase 1 handgun and 1 rifle shotgun per month
3. Safe gun storage requirement
4. Limits on purchases of ammunition to 20 rounds per month (with an exception for ammunition purchased at a shooting range
5. Limits on high capacity magazines — no more than 5 rounds per
6. Implementation of a 14 day waiting period from purchase to pickup of a gun
The House and Senate sponsors (Rep. Salinas and Sen. Wagner have been flooded with a wave of opposition and even threats of violence. They need to hear from us with statements of support and encouragement that they are doing the right thing. Your Acton of the Week Contact Sen. Wagner and Rep. Salinas with statements of support for both them and SB501, telling them "Thank you for your support of sensible gun safety regulations. We are in support of student safety and Senate Bill 501.
Their email addresses are
Sen.RobWagner@oregonlegislature.gov and Rep.AndreaSalinas@oregonlegislature.gov.
And follow that up with a note to your own Representative and Senator stating your strong support for this legislation and asking that they support it as well.
Find your representative and senator here.: htps:eewww.oregonlegislature.goveindyourlegislatoreleg-districts.html
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