An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures (AZ only)

Say No to Unsafe Gun Policy

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To whom it may concern,?? I am a concerned resident and constituent. HB2840, introduced by Republican Representative Parker, and HB2551, introduced by Republican Senator Kavanaugh, will endanger the public. HB2840 will allow loaded guns in school parking lots for anyone over the age of 18, including high school students who are over the age of 18. Concerning the fact that the part of the brain that helps people with social cohesion and judgement is not fully mature until an average age of 25 years old, allowing for anyone over the age of 18 to possess a deadly weapon on school property is potentially deadly to our children, teachers, school administrators, school support staff and school visitors. Our community deserves public health and safety. We, therefore, need you to vote no on HB2840. HB2551 will allow armed people with concealed carry permits to enter public spaces and events unless the spaces and events have metal detectors and security. Since Arizona has weak requirements for people to access concealed carry permits, HB2551 will endanger the public health and safety at libraries, community centers, the zoo, festivals, marches, etc. Our community deserves to be safe. We, therefore, need you to vote no on HB2551. HB2840 has already passed in the AZ House. It received a due pass in the AZ Senate Judiciary Committee on March 18, 2021. It is scheduled for the AZ Senate Rules Committee on March 22, 2021. HB2251 passed in the AZ House. It received a due pass on March 18, 2021 in the Senate Judiciary Committee. It has not been scheduled for the AZ Senate Rules Committee, yet. According to the Gun Violence Archive and the Britannia Group’s non-partisan site, procon.org, gun violence and gun crime has drastically increased in 2020 to the highest death toll in 20 years and mass shootings drastically increased in 2020 to a level that has been the highest in the past 5 years. We need solutions for gun violence and gun crime to prevent people with violent and abusive histories from accessing guns. We need solutions for gun violence and gun crime to prevent people with violent and abusive histories from bringing guns into schools and other public places. Moonshot CVE and the Anti-Defamation League reported last month that Arizonans sought out violent extremism and conspiracy theory content online almost more than any other state. HB2480 and HB2551 are irresponsible bills that endanger public health and safety. We, the public, deserve better. Therefore, we demand that you vote no on HB2480 and HB2551.  Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely,

First sent on March 24 by Unity Collective & WV-NAACP

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