Ok, all (and especially for fellow Californians, wondering what to do):

There are gun control laws which have been passed by the House, which have not been taken up by the Senate, because McConnell

Let's raise hell throughout recess with Senators to force movement on the bills.
The bills, as follows:

1. #HR8, the Bipartisan Background Check of 2019.

Legislation name is self-explanatory, but it passed on passed in the House on February 27, 2019. It would require a background check for every firearm sale

govtrack.us/congress/bills…
Gabrielle Giffords wrote to McConnell in June to urge the Senate take it up.

“Speaking is difficult for me, but I am writing to say, as loudly as I can: bring H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, or S. 42, the Background Check Expansion Act, up for a vote without delay
Link here:
giffords.org/2019/06/gabby-…

2. In late February, the House also passed HR 1112 to close the "Charleston loophole".

Bill language here: govtrack.us/congress/bills…
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Clyburn as an answer to the 2015 shooting of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME in Charleston.

Link here: postandcourier.com/politics/us-ho…
If you need an explainer for what the Charleston loophole is:

time.com/4512255/charle…
3. The House passed a spending bill which included money for the CDC to study gun violence. It's the first time in two decades.

thetrace.org/rounds/daily-b… The House passed a spending bill that includes $50 million for gun violence research. For the first time in more than two decades, the House approved federal funding for the study of gun violence.
All of these are bills at the federal level which would make a difference to gun violence, which is absolutely an epidemic in this country.

Just take a look at the Gun Violence Archive's last 72 hours. gunviolencearchive.org/last-72-hours

But Mitch McConnell refuses to let the bills move.
So what can we do right now?

1. Be relentless with our Senators about these bills. Let's call them. Write them. Request meetings with them. Ask what it'll take to push McConnell to bring these bills to the floor.

2. Yes, the likelihood is the bills still won't move -
- but we still have to let the Senate know WE know they're not performing their legislative duties by letting these bills stall.

Also: this is when any of you with GOP senators become critical. Push them to push McConnell. Will they be difficult? Yes.

But you deserve to have-
- your voice heard. They don't just represent the GOP, they should represent you too.

(And this is particularly true for any of the GOP Senators up in 2020. Raise hell with vulnerable Senators like Gardner)
3. I keep saying this, but pick out two Senators/Senate candidates who are up in 2020, and volunteer. Donate.

If we don't do everything in our power to flip seats/win back the Senate, stalled gun control legislation will continue to be our reality, even with a Dem in the WH.
4. Push for 2020 Presidential candidates to have better, more substantive plans on gun control.

The plans as they exist are fine, but I think there's a lot of merit to this piece.

vox.com/policy-and-pol…
(Yes, I know Swalwell is no longer in the race; the article is about a month old)

With the second round of debates coming up this upcoming week, we should be pushing for every candidate on that stage to give substantive answers on legislation.
5. And for my fellow Californians:

- the MAGA types are already out in full force, crowing about how Gilroy happened even with our state's strong gun laws.

Have this article in your back pocket: lawcenter.giffords.org/scorecard/
Feinstein has reintroduced S. 66 - we should absolutely reiterate backing and support.

govtrack.us/congress/bills…
6. And a misc. piece of news for my New York friends - I came across this while doing gun control legislation research.

I think it would be worth pressuring Cuomo's office to actually do the work and sign the bills. Sure, there's a queue, but...

buffalonews.com/2019/07/25/gun…
Script re: gun control legislation.

For the third one, I'm focusing on Markey's introduced legislation. Learn more here: markey.senate.gov/news/press-rel… You: Hi, my name is name. I am calling from [zip code].<br />
<br />
You: I’m calling to ask [Senator] what they will do to pressure Leader McConnell to bring the following legislation: <br />
<br />
- HR8<br />
- HR 1112, <br />
- S. 184: Gun Violence Prevention Research Act <br />
<br />
to the floor for a vote. The mass shooting at the garlic festival in Gilroy, California on Sunday, is a reminder that we need comprehensive legislation at the federal level. <br />
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