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Virginia's Elections a Huge Victory for Gun Violence Prevention, Say Activists

Activists for Common-Sense Gun Laws are celebrating an election-night victory in Virginia, the first election in the state since the tragic shootings at Newton, Connecticut.  They see Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe's win as a "huge victory for gun violence prevention" because McAuliffe campaigned on gun issues, voicing his support for a better background check system.

Gun Control Advocates Regroup Following Failure of Background Check Bill

After the Senate failed to secure the 60 votes needed to pass the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would have expanded background checks to include sales of guns over the internet and at gun shows, groups that have advocated for tighter restrictions on the sales of guns and ammunition are regrouping and planning their next phase of activism. Gabrielle Giffords, through her organization Americans for Responsible Solutions, had this to say to supporters: "Over two years ago, when I was shot point-blank in the head, the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. Four months ago, 20 first-graders lost their lives in a brutal attack on their school, and the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing."

UN Approves First Ever Global Arms Trade Treaty

After more than two weeks of intense negotiations at the UN, a global Arms Trade treaty was adopted by the General Assembly with an overwhelming majority of 154 to 3.  When the treaty enters into force, arms transfers will become illegal if it there is good reason to believe that the weapons will be used for genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
Some opponents said the treaty could impact legal arms transfers, but US Secretary of State John Kerry noted that the treaty protects “the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade” and each state’s right to regulate arms within its own borders.

Manchin-Toomey Background Check Amendment Vote in Senate Today at 4pm

Update Wednesday, April 17:

Gabby Giffords' organization Americans for Responsible Solutions reports:

The U.S. Senate is set to vote on expanding background checks and other legislation to reduce gun violence today at 4pm Eastern.
The truth is that as of right now, it's very close, but we don't have

Moms Demand Action Week (for Gun Sense in America)

 

Moms Demand Action members will participate in a "week-long set of calls to action" to continue to pressure Congress to pass new and stronger gun laws,  in memory of Ana Márquez-Greene, one of the 20 first graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Ana would have turned

President Obama Calls On Americans to Speak Out About Gun Violence Legislation

At a White House event with families of gun violence victims, President Obama made a strong plea to Americans to speak out to their legislators in support of "common sense" gun control measures put forward by Senator Harry Reid.

National Day to Demand Action to Reduce Gun Violence

The organizations Mayors Against Illegal Guns and SignOn have planned "the largest on-the-ground organizing campaign in the history of gun violence prevention." The National Day to Demand Action is an opportunity for constituents to show their Representatives home for recess strong support for the bill recently introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to establish universal background checks, increase federal gun trafficking laws, and make our schools safer.

UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty Concludes

Update 3/25:  The Control Arms Coalition, which includes of dozens of human rights, faith-based, and gun control organizations, says the latest text of the UN Arms Control Treaty, issued on Friday, "falls short of what the majority of member states demanded, and looks like a deal  cooked up largely