After this weekend’s shooting in Santa Barbara, we’ve seen the desperate need to improve and update the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) to ensure that those who are prohibited from buying firearms – such as felons, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill – are registered in NICS and are denied from purchasing firearms.
Dear Richard Martinez:
We have not met, but you are now part of our extended family. It is not a family we chose, but a family born from the horrible circumstance of losing a child to gun violence—one that’s only growing each day. My heartbreaks for you because I know just a little about the long road ahead of you. We have reached out to you privately but publicly we wanted to say to you and those feeling the sorrow, anger and frustration of this weeks' shooting, you are not alone.
Yesterday, a shooter opened fire in the college community of Isla Vista near UC Santa Barbara. In response to this tragic shooting, Sandy Hook Promise—the community organization founded in the days following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary which claimed the lives of 20 first-grade children and six educators—issued the following statement.
Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement in response the New Jersey Assembly's vote to pass a bill that limits ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, together with legislative leaders and a wide array of gun violence prevention organizations, today commemorated the passage of SB1160, the historic legislation passed last year to curb the risk of gun violence.
Francine Lobis Wheeler, who lost her six-year-old son Benjamin in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, voiced support for legislation that would prevent criminals and the severely mentally ill from purchasing firearms.
Today, Facebook announced an initiative that will block children from viewing firearms sales ads, inform users of legal and responsible approaches to gun transactions, and help enforce the law by deleting posts that encourage no-background check or illegal sales.
We were pleased to work with Facebook to develop a new set of policies that protects the safety of its users, educates its users about lawful and responsible firearms transactions, and helps prevent illegal activity from occurring.
Last month, Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden traveled to New Hampshire to advocate for legislation that would require criminal background checks for all commercial sales and transfers, preventing dangerous criminals from purchasing firearms online and at gun shows.
In a positive shift, the bill made it out of committee and to the floor for a full house vote. While the New Hampshire House ultimately failed to pass this bill, this represents a major advance in the conversation on gun safety in New Hampshire.
We're disappointed by this setback, but very encouraged by the incredible volume of our supporters' voices dedicated to protecting our communities.
We will continue to work side by side with Granite State Progress, New Castle Promise and the New Hampshire legislature to close the background check loophole and help protect the people of New Hampshire and neighboring states.