HELENA, Mont., On Tuesday, July 23rd, the sister of a Newtown victim, families of gun violence victims, gun owners, elected officials, faith leaders, retired law enforcement, and advocates will hold a rally in Helena, Montana as part of the “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” – a 25-state national bus tour over a period of 100 days aimed at urging America’s leaders to support common-sense gun policies. Participants will come together Monday to voice their continued support for comprehensive and enforceable background checks, and they will urge Senator Max Baucus to reconsider his position on this life-saving measure and take another look at bipartisan background checks legislation.
Also, on Thursday, July 25th, the No More Names tour will hold another rally in Missoula at 12:30 p.m. at the University of Montana – Library Mall.
It remains far too easy for criminals, domestic abusers, the seriously mentally ill, and other dangerous individuals – people who know they can’t pass a background check – to skirt the law and obtain guns by purchasing them online or at gun shows, where background checks are not required under federal law. Bipartisan legislation sponsored by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey would have closed this dangerous loophole by extending background checks to commercial gun sales. But Senator Baucus voted to block this sensible legislation, despite the fact that 79 percent of Montanans support background checks for all gun sales.
Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in this country. “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” is part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ ongoing, national effort to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America – and most importantly, to urge elected officials to prioritize the safety of the people they represent.
Baucus Voted Against Bipartisan Background Checks Bill That Would Keep Guns Out of Wrong Hands, Even Though 79 Percent of Montanans Support Background Checks for All Gun Sales
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