Connecticut Again Ranked Second in the Nation on Strength of our Gun Laws

The San Francisco based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has issued their annual rankings on the strength of states’ gun laws, and again for the fourth straight year Connecticut has ranked second in the nation. Click here for results of all states.

For more than twenty years, CT Against Gun Violence has led the fight to strengthen Connecticut gun laws because we believe that smart gun laws work, that smart gun laws save lives. So we are very proud of this distinction.

We are often asked what the difference is between Connecticut’s ability to do this while many  other states and the U.S. Congress too often cannot. Our answer is simple: the difference is you.

Our supporters have been relentless and uncompromising in holding our elected officials accountable for passing legislation that helps keep our communities and families safe from gun violence; the most recent example being our Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order bill passed in the 2016 session that removes firearms from domestic abusers within 24 hours of service of a temporary restraining order.

So we are pleased to share this honor with you, and we extend our best wishes of the holiday season to all.

2016 Disarm Hate Rally in D.C.

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On Saturday, August 13th, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Newtown Action Alliance and Sandy Hook Promise became engaged directly with the LGBTQ community in a gun violence prevention advocacy demonstration. During one of the hottest days of the year, CAGV enthusiastically stood in support of the community still recovering from  the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The strong showing of support from both gun violence prevention groups and LGBTQ rights advocacy groups spoke to the issue of gun violence and discrimination members of the LGBTQ community continue to face. The showing of solidarity illuminated the hope that together it is possible, and plausible to disarm hate.

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The Politics Are Shifting!‏

Direct Action Taken by Democrats

In an unprecedented action, led by Civil Rights icon John Lewis (D-Georgia), House Democrats have occupied the Chamber through the night to protest Republican refusal to allow a vote on two gun bills: ‘No Fly, No Buy” prohibiting those on No Fly lists from purchasing firearms, and “No check, No sale” expanding background checks requirements to online and gun show sales.

Almost all House Democrats have participated in the “sit-in”, taking turns at the podium throughout the night calling for a vote.

At 3:15 am, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called a recess until July 5 and Republicans left for home while Democrats stayed on the floor.

A Political Shift

The vote did not come yet, but we are really seeing the politics shift on gun violence prevention as more and more members of Congress take action on the issue as they realize that public sentiment is everything and 80 to 90 % of Americans support these Common Sense Measures.  They saw a growing mass of supporters arrive, in the galleries and outside the Capitol.

Thank Our Connecticut Senators

Democratic members are still on the floor. Next steps are still very much in flux.  But our first action must be to thank our Connecticut Congressman, all of whom participated in the action throughout the day and night.

Call your Congressman now!  Say you support their bold action and that you want them to continue to demand a vote on gun safety measures.

Here is the list of our CT Members of Congress.  Call yours now!!

John Larson:  202-225-2265


Joe Courtney: 202-225-2076


Rosa DeLauro: 202-225-3661


Jim Himes:  202-225-5541


Elizabeth Esty: 202-225-4476