Gays Against Guns (GAG) continues its fight against Guns Everywhere, aka "The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 "
Two bills had been introduced in Congress to require concealed carry reciprocity across state lines, HR 38 and S 446.
HR 38 has passed the House of Representatives.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and its companion Senate bill would require any state that issues permits for concealed weapons to recognize such permits issued by other states, even if they have different eligibility and training requirements or less stringent restrictions on gun ownership
GAG’s print, virtual, and video campaigns, each entitled "Not In My State," feature a series of over 20 visually dramatic ads depicting a GAG activist and a Human Being— a veiled, silent figure memorializing a victim of gun violence. The bold, location-specific placards proclaiming “Not In My Movie Theater,” for example, will also be available for public use, as will be a DIY “Not In My…” placard for activists around the country to personalize.
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In the days ahead, GAG also plans small, covert zaps at each of these locations to further draw attention to the imminent danger of Concealed Carry Reciprocity across the United States.
“I will never forget waking up on June 12th last year to the horrifying news of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando. Since then I have been advocating for common sense gun laws that would stop shooters who have hate in their hearts,” said GAG member Kevin Gotkin. “H.R. 38 and S. 446 are the opposite of common sense. They undermine the safety established in places like New York City, where legislators have worked hard to protect us from gun deaths.”
The legislation also requires that the national parks, federal wildlife refuges, and other federal lands allow concealed guns. In addition to undermining the gun control laws across the country, the act punishes states that enforce their own gun control laws. Someone who has a concealed gun permit and is arrested for carrying a concealed gun in a state that did not issue that permit can collect defense attorney fees if he or she cites the federal reciprocity law during a criminal trial and wins an acquittal.
“The NRA’s Guns Everywhere bill will mean more gun violence and more gun deaths,” said Brigid McGinn, the GAG activist in the “Not In My Park” image. “Federal reciprocity is a direct violation of an individual state’s rights to constitutionally protect its citizens. This is a legislated tragedy waiting to happen.”
Founded in June 2016 after a mass shooting in the LGBTQ nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando that left 49 people dead, GAG believes that gun violence is a public health issue that disproportionately affects people of color, religious minorities, and LGBTQ Americans. It has chapters in New York, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. Each year, 33,000 people die in the United States from gun violence, with one-third due to homicide and two-thirds due to suicide.
Won't you add your voice? Print out the placard below, write in a place you don't want a gun, post it to social media with the hashtags: #GunsEverywhere #NotInMyState #GAGisWatching