Assault Weapons Ban Set to Expire in 5 Days -- Take Action Now!

September 6, 2004

Assault Weapons Ban Set to Expire in Five Days!
CALL-IN DAY SUPPORTING RENEWAL Thursday September 9, 2004

The current ban on military-style, semi-automatic assault weapons will expire on September 13, 2004 unless the President and Congress act NOW. The Episcopal Church has long supported measures to decrease gun violence in our society. Ten years ago enactment of this ban was a major victory, but for months legislation to renew the ban has been languishing in Congress. Now the deadline is here.

Support renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban by calling President Bush at 202-456-1111 on Thursday, September 9, 2004. Urge him to act on his commitment to keep the ban by calling on Congress to send him legislation to renew this important public safety legislation. Presidents, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton, all supported the ban. Congress will not act unless the White House makes renewal a priority.

Contact your Senators and Representatives immediately at 800-270-0309 and urge them to pass legislation to renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban before it expires on September 13, 2004. The House Republican leadership has said it won't allow the renewal to come up for a floor vote, which is why we need President Bush to speak out now for this legislation.

It is hard to believe that keeping this important legislation is coming down to the final hours before it expires. Earlier this year, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Warner (R-VA and an Episcopalian) offered S. 2109 to renew the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban for 10 years. The current ban is credited with decreasing crime using prohibited military-style semi-automatic guns identified in the law. Every major national law enforcement organization in the country supported the federal assault weapons ban and worked for its passage. The 1994 ban applies to 19 types of common military style assault weapons and ammunition clips of more than 10 rounds. Models existing prior to 1994 can still be legally owned or sold. Despite opponents claims otherwise, hundreds of firearms used for hunting and other recreational purposes are not affected by the ban. Similar legislation exists in the House of Representatives: H.R. 3831 which is cosponsored by 136 Representatives. To see if your member of Congress has co-sponsored this legislation go to http://http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR03831:@@@P

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