NEW: These executive orders are a huge victory for the gun safety movement. For years, survivors and advocates, including @MomsDemand volunteers, took on NRA-backed lawmakers who refused to act. Today, President Biden made it clear those days are over.…
Ghost guns may be the scariest and quickest growing public safety threat in the country, allowing anyone to manufacture a deadly weapon with minimal effort and time. The Biden administration is showing they are going to treat this like the emergency it is and address it head on.
Also, the administration will modify multiple federal grant programs to increase funding for community violence intervention programs. Community-based violence intervention programs work, and the administration is ensuring they'll have the funding they need to save lives.
These and other executive actions we expect the Biden Administration to roll out on Thursday are a huge step for gun safety that will save lives, and –– according to the administration –– they are just the beginning of President Biden’s plan to address gun violence in America.
That includes nominating the first ATF director since 2015. David Chipman is a gun owner, decorated law enforcement official and former special agent. He'll help enforce laws that protect communities from violence, criminal activities, acts of terrorism, and illegal trafficking.
When I started @MomsDemand from my kitchen counter after the Sandy Hook School tragedy over 8 years ago, we quickly mobilized, organized and fought for the Manchin-Toomey background checks effort that followed. We fell just a few votes short in April 2013, but we didn’t give up.
We pivoted to working in city halls, statehouses, board rooms and school boards. We’ve passed dozens of gun safety laws in red states, blue states and purple states — and we've stopped the NRA’s agenda 90 percent of the time every year for the past five years.
Why? Because @MomsDemand volunteers knew that eventually the momentum created by the unglamorous, time-consuming, and sometimes heartbreaking heavy lifting of grassroots activism would eventually point the right President and the right Congress in the right direction.
And NOW is the opportunity to act and build on this momentum, especially while the NRA, which used to be a powerbroker, is broken. The Senate must act now to pass the first federal gun safety laws in 25 years –– starting with background check legislation.
In 2013, we quickly realized the fight for gun safety wouldn't start in Washington — it would end there. Now, in 2021 - given our gun sense trifecta, new executive actions and significant support for stronger gun laws - we may finally be on the precipice of major national change.

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8 Apr
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment,” @POTUS #MoreThanThoughtsAndPrayers
.@POTUS on untraceable ghost guns:

"I want to see these kits treated as firearms under the Gun Control Act... to require that the seller and manufacturers make the key parts with serial numbers and run background checks on the buyers when they walk in to buy that package."
.@POTUS points out that between the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, “...there were more than 850 additional shootings, 850, that took the lives of more than 250 people and left 500 wounded." #MoreThanThoughtsAndPrayers
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5 Apr
Opening to #nrabankruptcytrial:

Ackerman (former NRA marketing firm paid millions by the *nonprofit*): “The NRA’s leadership has repeatedly told its members to stand up and fight, but the NRA’s leadership is trying to run from the New York Attorney General as fast as they can.”
More Ackerman: “NRA leaders are asking the court to ignore sovereignty... It is consistent with who the NRA has sadly become, a nonprofit in name only who ostensibly exists to defend the #2A, but in reality is driven to enrich management and keep them in control at all costs.”
NYAG opening: “Evidence will show the process LaPierre followed to file these bankruptcy cases is a master class in bad faith and dishonest conduct. If the NRA faces an existential crisis by the bankruptcy, it was a crisis brought on by LaPierre, his enablers and their choices.”
Read 4 tweets
5 Apr
👋 Good morning. Today is the first day of the @NRA’s trial in bankruptcy court. For those of you who can’t wait, here are some disturbing excerpts from Wayne LaPierre’s deposition (filed over the weekend). #nrabankruptcytrial
LaPierre acknowledged being gifted - by a NRA *business* partner - use of a 100+ foot yacht with a full staff, for personal vacations in the Bahamas. He testified he used the yacht around once a year, and it included “two or three or four staff people,” as well as a cook.
The yacht had “several staterooms” and a “jet boat.” LaPierre never offered to pay for the use of the yacht, nor did he disclose it on his conflict of interest form.
Read 12 tweets
1 Apr
Get your popcorn ready! Starting Monday, the @NRA is going to bankruptcy court and it’ll be the first time their executives face cross examination. Here’s a preview of some of the fun to come……
In a deposition, an NRA board member confirmed that the NRA paid a single law firm $17 MILLION in the 90 days leading up to the NRA filing for bankruptcy. That’s always a good sign.
That same NRA board member said of Wayne LaPierre -- the head of the NRA -- that he’s “known Wayne such a long, long time, and he’s in such a hole, I don’t see how he gets out.”

Fraud sure has a way of burying you, doesn’t it, Wayne?
Read 6 tweets
30 Mar
Just like the minimum drinking age, there’s a reason the minimum age to buy a gun should be 21: science and data. Because they lack a developed prefrontal cortex, people aged 18 to 20 year-old are offenders in gun homicides at a rate FOUR TIMES higher than adults 21 and older.
A study of offenders incarcerated for crimes committed with firearms found that 17 percent of offenders would have been prohibited from buying a gun if their state had a law that raised the minimum age to possess a handgun to 21 years.
In addition, suicide attempts that result in death or hospital treatment are at the highest rates from age 14 through age 21. Gun access significantly increases these risks. The association between firearm availability and suicide is strongest among adolescents and young adults.
Read 4 tweets
27 Mar
I can’t stop thinking about this: Just days after the Boulder mass shooting, a Denver man was pulled over in Nebraska for driving 120 mph. He tells a trooper his neighbors don’t like him, he had a breakdown, quit his job, left the state in his car.

This is where it gets weird...
What does the Nebraska trooper find in this guy’s car? A handgun in his jacket, a loaded AR-15 with an illegal silencer, four other firearms, ammunition, a bulletproof blanket and vest, two brown wigs, and an Air Force costume. They also found weed.…
They arrest him on guns/drug charges. But he’s RELEASED after posting $5,000 bond - after threatening to use his time in jail to “think about getting even with people,” said he’d kill a guard, exposed himself, and threw his poop around.

But I guess they let him keep his guns?
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