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Tikkun Olam Committee Action Alert: Speak Up for Gun Safety and Support Voting Rights

Tell the Dept. of Justice you support regulation of ghost guns!

Submit your message by August 19, 2021

The Tikkun Olam Committee urges congregants to speak up for gun safety by sending a comment in support of proposed federal rules that would close a regulatory loophole associated with un-serialized, privately made firearms that are often assembled from kits sold on the internet without background checks. These unregulated and increasingly popular “ghost guns” are easily acquired by criminals and others who would not otherwise be permitted to possess a firearm.

NOW is the time to support federal action to prevent the further proliferation of ghost guns nationwide.

Proposed Rules

On May 7, 2021, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), proposed rule changes that would finally recognize ghost guns as the deadly, fully functional firearms that they are, and would help prevent the spread of ghost guns as the criminal’s weapon of choice in America.

The rules would require retailers to run background checks before selling DIY gun kits, and would require manufacturers to include a serial number on a firearm’s frame or receiver to help law enforcement trace guns used in a crime.

Read the May 7 Dept. of Justice press release

Learn More—Ghost Guns 101

To learn more about ghost guns and their increasing threat to public safety, see the Brady United Ghost Guns Fact Sheet. It includes an informative podcast and a short video that illustrates how alarmingly easy it is to buy a ghost gun online.

Public Comments

Your comment is urgently needed in support of the ATF’s sensible proposal to help prevent gun violence and save lives. Go to Brady United for suggested comments and a portal to facilitate submission of a public comment. You can also browse comments that already have been submitted. (Many if not most of the comments have been submitted by gun owners who oppose the proposed rules.)

After your comment is processed, it will be included in the public comment file. The deadline for submitting comments is August 19, 2021, at 11:59 pm EDT.

From 2016 to 2020, more than 23,000 ghost guns were reported to have been removed by law enforcement from potential crime scenes including in connection with 325 homicides or attempted homicides.

The time to act is NOW!

Questions? Contact ten.molahselpmet@malonukkit

Postcarding opportunity for Virginia Gubernatorial Election

In contrast to states such as Georgia, Texas and Florida — which have passed racist voter suppression laws in recent months — Virginia has become, as the New York Times put it, “a voting rights bastion.”

Please help us ensure this continues!

This past year, Virginia has:

  • Instituted 45 days of early voting and implemented no-excuse absentee voting;
  • Repealed the state’s photo ID law;
  • Enacted automatic voter registration for anyone who receives a Virginia driver’s license;
  • Passed a Voter’s Bill of Rights that expressly prohibits racial discrimination or intimidation related to voting, allowing voters and the state Attorney General to sue over voter discrimination;…and so much more!

On November 2, Virginians will go to the polls to elect a new Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and State Delegates. These newly elected policymakers will decide the future of the state’s voting rights laws. Reclaim Our Vote wants to help protect the advances Virginia has made by encouraging voter turnout in key communities.

Starting August 1, Reclaim Our Vote will send postcards to almost a million Virginia voters of color reminding them that Early Voting starts September 17 and that their voting rights are at stake. Another round of postcards will be sent in September reminding Virginians to vote in this crucial election.

Please email ten.molahselpmet@malonukkit if you are interested in writing postcards.

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