Gun violence is a feminist concern. It is five times more likely that a domestic violence situation will turn deadly if a gun is present. On average, 50 American women are murdered monthly by intimate partners through gun violence. American women are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other high-income countries.
Federal law prohibits gun sales to persons with domestic abuse convictions. But that does not stop these persons from trying to obtain guns. One in seven unlawful gun buyers stopped by a federal background check has been convicted of domestic violence. Because abusers can avoid federally mandated background checks by buying guns from unlicensed sellers, these sales pose a significant danger to women.
The Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition has been working tirelessly to close this loop-hole. Just before the primary, the Illinois Legislature passed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB1657). Governor Rauner vetoed it. It’s now up to your state legislators to override the veto.
Will you call your legislator today?
Will you help work to pass the Gun Dealer Licensing Act and other important safety measures in Illinois?
Over the next few months, we will be presenting and promoting ways that you can get involved to help pass common-sense gun reform in Illinois.
We have an action item for all CNOW supporters this week:
We need you to contact your State Senator and ask them to VOTE YES to override Governor Rauner’s veto of SB 1657.
Please go to this website to be connected to your IL State Senator. Please email them first and then call them for extra points.