What is it?
Two gun safety bills were introduced in the House and Senate on March 2. These measures would address the deadly “Charleston” loophole that allows a gun sale to proceed if a background check has not been completed in three days, extending the time frame for law enforcement. Keep an eye out tomorrow, as another similar bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate.
How does it relate to our past work?
NCJW supports legislation to curb gun violence and championed both of these measures when they were introduced in the last Congress. The Background Checks Expansion Act was an NCJW Washington Institute 2019 lobby issue.
What can I do now?
Call your lawmakers (#202-224-3121) to encourage support using this call script:
Hi, my name is [name], and I am a National Council of Jewish Women advocate from [city, state]. As a constituent, I urge you to support universal background checks and closing the Charleston loophole. Gun violence is the leading cause of death for American children and teens. These measures, overwhelmingly supported by the public, would save lives and protect our communities.