As we approach the 1-year anniversary of the massacre in Parkland, Florida, we are recognizing both our accomplishments and the tremendous work still ahead. Here at home, we helped pass important laws last session, and several bills have been introduced this year that could have a significant impact on all of us. In Vermont, where the rate of gun ownership is high and domestic violence and suicide have been above the national average for years, the waiting period bills (H.159 and S.22) and the child access prevention bill (also S.22) are especially urgent. We hope you'll help us honor the victims and survivors of Parkland--and victims and survivors of gun violence everywhere--with action.


News from Vermont

GVP Lobby Day/Youth Lobby for Gun Safety

Wednesday, February 13th, we will hold a Gun Violence Prevention Lobby Day and Youth Lobby Day where students and adults will meet with our elected officials and let them know why new bills must be passed.

Wed. Feb 13, 12 - 2 p.m.
State House Room 11
PLEASE RSVP if you can come for any portion of the afternoon.
You can also contact your legislators directly to let them know you are coming.

We owe it to the students of Parkland, to the people who live with gun violence every day, to our children, and to ourselves to use our voices to create change. No experience is necessary. We will provide information and guidance when we gather at noon.

Love, Energy, and Money

We have 10 more days to meet our Valentine's Day match! A generous donor has committed $10,000 to help prevent gun violence and GunSense has agreed to match that gift dollar for dollar by February 14th. We have raised $7,000, and we need you to get us the rest of the way there.

We don't know how else to say it: this work requires love, energy, and money. If you've been thinking of making a gift, now is the time, and this is the place. Thank you for being as generous as possible.

Become a GunSense Sustaining Member

We know that not everyone can be in the State House, write letters, make phone calls, and go to rallies constantly. But when you become a sustaining member of GunSense Vermont, you will be working for gun violence prevention every day of the year. Sign up to give an amount of your choosing automatically each month, and help fund GunSense's education and advocacy work year-round.

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Gun Violence Prevention Across the Country

The House Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun safety policy is set for tomorrow, Wednesday, February 6.

Please call Congressman Peter Welch in support of H.R. 8 — a bill that will update our background check laws to cover most gun sales in the U.S.

Congressman Peter Welch
(202) 225-4115
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