Thursday, October 19 - Remind Elected Officials to Fight for Gun Control / Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Ask Sen. Duckworth and Reps to Support Federal Gun Legislation

  • Action 2: Sign Witness Slip for IL Gun Legislation

  • Action 3: Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald on Thursday

Tools You Can Use

  • Action 1: Ask Sen. Duckworth and Reps to Support Gun Legislation

  • Action 2: Sign Witness Slip for IL Gun Legislation (HB4107)

  • Action 3: Join Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald in Bronzeville today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Action 1: Ask Sen. Duckworth and Reps to Support Gun Legislation

It has been nearly three weeks since the shooting in Las Vegas. The news has largely moved on, but nothing significant has changed in the laws that bear significant responsibility for making it possible. As reported in Crain's last week, Senator Durbin has been vocal about addressing this issue in Congress. 

From the article: "At a Chicago news conference today, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., pushed new legislation to close the so-called gun-show loophole, which allows the sale of firearms purchased at shows to proceed after a 72-hour delay even if authorities have not completed a background check of the purchaser. He also lauded a plan sponsored with U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Deerfield, to toughen storage rules so guns do not fall into the wrong hands.

Now, pro-control forces have to engage as single-issue gun voters on the political right do, but they have to do something else: reach out, Durbin said. 'We need responsible sportsmen and hunters from throughout the country to join us in conversation.'"

1. Please call Senator Duckworth and ask her to do everything she can to help pass legislation to close the "gun-show loophole."
Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

2. Call your representative and ask them to do everything they can to support Rep. Schneider's plan to toughen gun storage laws. 
Find your House rep’s contact info

Action 2: Sign Witness Slip for IL Gun Legislation

A hearing next Tuesday, October 24th (at 3:00pm) will consider pending legislation in the state house that would strengthen laws regarding assault weapons.

Please sign a witness slip to demonstrate public support. 

1. Click on this link
2. Fill in "Identification" section
3. For "Representation," write "Personal"
4. "Position" = "Proponent"
5. "Testimony" = "Record of Appearance Only"

More Information
Hearing: Tue, Oct. 24th, 3:00
HB 4107: Ban on assault weapons
Synopsis: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes it unlawful to deliver, sell, or purchase or cause to be delivered, sold, or purchased or cause to be possessed by another, an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge. Makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge 300 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the State Police in the time provided. Provides exemptions and penalties. Prohibits delivery, sale, purchase, or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices. Provides exemptions and penalties. Prohibits the knowing sale, manufacture, purchase, possession, or carrying of a trigger modification device. Defines "trigger modification device". Effective immediately.
Strongly urge: Proponent

Action 3: Police Board Mobilization for Laquan McDonald Today in Bronzeville

Chicago remembers Laquan McDonald. Nearly three years after his gruesome murder, we remember the video, the 16 shots, and the CPD cover-up.

The next police board hearing is today, the day before the three-year anniversary of the murder of Laquan McDonald. Join the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression as we pack the room and let the police board know that the people are still watching. We STILL DEMAND justice for Laquan!

Thursday, October 19
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

3510 S Michigan Ave.

Find details on the event here. 

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