Indiana Moms Laud U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky For Co-Sponsoring Gun Background Check Bill

INDIANAPOLIS, Mar. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Indiana chapter of
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America lauded U.S. Representative Peter
Visclosky today for signing on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 1565, a bi-partisan bill
that will expand background checks to all commercial firearm purchases made in
the United States. Rep. Visclosky joins 187 other congress members that have
co-sponsored this bill to date.

“As gun violence continues to plague our nation, it is past time for our
lawmakers to come together to enact common-sense solutions that will protect our
children and communities from this vicious epidemic,” said Julia Chester,
Indiana regional manager for Moms Demand Action. “Rep. Visclosky’s actions today
signal shifting opinion within the chambers of our government that something
must be done to prevent senseless shootings. We commend Rep. Visclosky for
having the moral courage to put American lives first, before the legislative
priorities of the gun lobby.”

Since the Brady background check law was enacted 20 years ago today, background
checks have prevented over 2 million gun purchases through licensed dealers in
the United States. Despite this, loopholes in the system still exist, providing
felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people with opportunities to secure
weapons without a background check. An estimated 40 percent of gun transfers
take place without a background check, including online and at gun shows.

“H.R. 1565 will close the enormous loopholes that make it easy for dangerous
people to get guns while continuing to protect our Second Amendment rights,”
said Chester. “We hope more of our lawmakers at the federal level will follow
Rep. Visclosky’s lead, and support this common-sense measure.”

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding
drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build
support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of
American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and
loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one
year, the organization has more than 140,000 members with a chapter in every
state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against
Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.
For more information or to get involved visit Follow
us on Facebook or on Twitter @MomsDemand.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Indiana Chapter
Contact: Nicki McNally, Indiana Chapter Leader
Phone: 317-374-8655

Contact: Kim Russell, National Director of Outreach
Phone: 917-226-4420

SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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