Tips for influencing legislators:

  • Be as specific as you can.  Terms like “assault weapons” don’t have a technical meaning and can confuse the issue.  You can learn more about this here. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence also has great information.
  • You should advocate for specific measures:
    • ensuring people who are the subject of restraining orders lose their access to guns
    • closing the gun show loophole by requiring background checks
    • allowing the CDC to do research on gun violence
    • banning any device that can convert a semi-automatic weapon to the effective functioning of an automatic weapon, such as bump-stocks
    • banning the manufacture, import, sale, or possession of high-capacity magazines
    • Check out our general tips for writing a good letter to Congress
  • Tell your story: Do you have kids in school who you are worried about? Has someone in your family been impacted by gun violence? Your story matters!
  • Include a photograph, if possible (it’s worth a thousand words!)

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