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I wanted to forward on Elisabeth's message from last week. The U.S. Senate will be taking their first vote to move S. 649 forward tomorrow. We need your help to make sure that this bill gets fair consideration on the floor of the U.S. Senate. As Elisabeth noted last week this issue is too important to ignore any longer. Common sense solutions to the epidemic of gun violence in our country will save lives.

Join me in telling your U.S. Senators to move S. 649 and the accompanying amendments on banning assault weapons and limiting the size of high capacity magazines forward. It's time to stop the violence.


Betsy Lawson
Senior Lobbyist
League of Women Voters

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Betsy --

For months, our nation has debated the laws governing the use of guns and ammunition in our country.  It’s clear that the majority of Americans want Congress to take new, strong steps to relieve the epidemic of gun violence across our nation.

Next week the Senate will vote on S. 649.  Tell your Senators it’s time to stop the violence. The League has been lobbying for common sense solutions to gun violence that will protect our children and our families and help restore public confidence.

S. 649 will require background checks on all gun purchases and impose stricter penalties for “straw purchases,” where one individual buys for another.  There will also be amendments from the floor of the Senate that the League strongly supports.  These amendments include Senator Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban and an amendment to limit the size of high capacity ammunition magazines.

Millions of Americans are at risk every day from senseless violence.  Responsible gun legislation is a critical matter of public safety and public health.  Tell your Senators this issue is too important to ignore any longer and that common sense solutions to gun violence will save lives.


Elisabeth MacNamara


Elisabeth MacNamara
President, League of Women Voters

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