The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Action Alert! Urge Sen. Chambliss and Sen. Isakson to Oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Amendment!

Posted on: 10.18.11

Some members of the U.S. Senate are trying to add the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (same bill from last week’s action alert) as an amendment to some very crucial CJS (Commerce, Justice, and Science) Committee appropriations bills that include federal domestic violence and sexual assault funding.  If this amendment passes, it means that passage of these crucial appropriations bills would automatically include passage of this very dangerous firearms bill.

Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson need to hear from you that you want this amendment defeated and NOT added to the appropriations bills!

As I mentioned in last week’s Action Alert, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would override Georgia’s and any other state’s right to decide who can carry a hidden, loaded gun.  It would require all states to accept concealed handgun carry permits from every other state, even if the permit holder would not be allowed to carry or even possess a handgun in the state where he or she is traveling.  This would effectively reduce the gun laws in all states to the “lowest common denominator” of the states with the weakest laws on carrying concealed weapons.

Because we know that firearms and domestic violence are a deadly combination, it is important for advocates to speak out against this bill, as it will inevitably create broader access to firearms for batterers and will put more victims at risk of being killed.

Please take the time to contact BOTH Senator Chambliss and Senator Isakson!  Urge them to OPPOSE the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Amendment.  Senator Chambliss’s office can be reached at (202) 224-3521, and Senator Isakson’s office can be reached at (202) 224-3643.

When each Senator’s office answers the phone, say:

You may also make the following points:

Thank you for taking time to contact your Senators on this important issue.  If you have any questions, please contact Allison Smith at asmith@gcadv.org or by phone at 404-209-0280, ext. 15.

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