MONDAY 02/26/18

FEDERAL:

THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR DREAMERS!

DACA expires NEXT MONDAY, which means Dreamers and their families are running out of time. CALL CONGRESS AND DEMAND A DREAM ACT NOW!

When Trump revoked DACA in September, he claimed he would support legislation to maintain Dreamers’ legal status, and he gave Congress six months to find a “solution.” That deadline is in ONE WEEK, and Congress has failed to pass the bipartisan, popularly-supported DREAM Act.

Background:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/16/17015818/daca-deadline-trump-dreamers-march-5

SCRIPT: 

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code _______. I'm calling to strongly use Senator/Rep _________ to support a clean DREAM Act and oppose any bill that imposes inhumane restrictions on legal immigration, funds a border wall, or does not include permanent protection for DACA recipients. It is disgusting that these young people, that have known no other country, are living in fear because Trump and the republican congress are using them as political bargaining chips. Will Senator/Rep _______ commit to me, his/her constituent, that he/she will stop covering for Trump’s racist policies by voting to protect Dreamers before the DACA cliff on March 5?  

Please take down my contact info so you can get back to me on his/her stand on this immediately. Thank you.

___________

OPPOSE H.R. 38, THE CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT, & HOLD HOUSE RESPONSIBLE FOR PASSING IT.

The gun lobby’s top priorities enjoy wide support in Congress. On December 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation was a top priority of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and, if enacted into law, would cause a race to the bottom on gun safety standards. The Senate is expected to take up this same bill this year. We can’t let that happen.

Under this legislation, states would be required to recognize other states’ standards governing the possession of concealed firearms in public. This means that even though one state may have stringent regulations such as a permit or training requirement, that state would have to allow people from other states with lower standards - with perhaps no permit or training required at all - to carry concealed firearms without following the more stringent regulations.

This legislation would deprive states and localities from fully determining the appropriate gun safety protocols for their communities, and would allow the lowest common denominator to prevail. This will make concealed and loaded firearms more readily available at lower safety standards, raising the risk of gun violence for everyone.

For those reasons, every major law enforcement association opposes this bill because of its potentially disastrous implications for public safety. After all, this legislation would make it easier for more dangerous people, like stalkers, domestic abusers, and people who have committed violent crimes to carry loaded, concealed guns in more public places. This makes the risk of violence more imminent for all of us.

Background:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/06/house-passes-concealed-carry-gun-bill-283768

Script for Senate:
Hello, I’m a constituent from zip code _______ calling regarding the mass shooting in Florida. I strongly urge Senator ________ to not just condemn this act of terror, but to support responsible policies that help prevent these acts of gun violence. I’m disturbed that H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House, and it’s essential that the Senate stop it from becoming law. Will Senator _______ commit to voting against this bill when it comes to the Senate? Particularly in light of the devastating mass shootings we’ve seen recently, it’s as important as ever not to weaken gun safety standards, and prevent firearms from falling into dangerous hands. This is why every major law enforcement agency has opposed this bill. Please let Senator ____ know that I will be monitoring his statements and following up if I don't see a commitment to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Thank you for taking my call.

Script for House (all of our reps voted FOR this bill):
Hi, my name is _____ from zip code _______. I want Representative _______ to know how disappointed and angry I am that he/she voted in favor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This is the NRA’s top legislative priority and will create a race to the bottom in gun safety standards. We’ve seen over and over how the over-availability and lax regulations surrounding guns has caused mass shootings, terror and loss of life. This bill forces all states to recognize the lowest common denominator in gun safety regulations, even allowing people without a permit or training to carry a concealed firearm in public. This places us all at risk, which is why every major law enforcement agency has opposed this bill. I would like Representative ______ to explain to me why he/she sided with the NRA to weaken gun safety and how this bill makes any sense. Please take down my contact info so you can get back to me with an answer. This is alarming and I need an answer. Thank you for taking my call.

Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685

HOUSE:
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211
Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

Rep. Ted Budd
Advance, NC (336) 998-1313
Washington, DC (202-225-4531

Rep. Mark Walker
Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005
Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

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STATE:

Oppose Arming Teachers:

The NCGA has created a panel to explore the issue of how to make our schools safer and less prone to gun violence. One idea that is being tossed around is the suggestion to arm teachers. This idea pretty obviously makes no sense. Beyond the financial costs, there is no feasible way that a teacher can walk around armed all day. But let’s make sure the NCGA knows that we are watching what they are doing on this issue.

Background:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article201179899.html

 

Script:

Hello, I am a constituent calling from ______________ to urge Sen./Rep. _____________ to oppose any legislation that would call for teachers to be armed. Arming teachers will do absolutely nothing to make our students safer. We should instead be looking at measures like strengthening background checks and permitting requirements, closing the gun show loophole, banning assault weapons like the AR-15, and reducing the size of high-capacity magazines. Thank you for taking my call.

 

NC Senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=Senate

 

NC House

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

 

Find Your Rep:

http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx