Contact the President of the United States
The United States needs a director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. President Biden’s initial nominee for the position, David Chipman, was an excellent, qualified choice, but he was not confirmed. Ultimately, President Biden pulled his nomination.
The position must be filled. The agency needs a leader to champion gun violence prevention. Tell President Biden to nominate another qualified candidate for ATF Director now. This is urgent; there is no time to wait.
Contact Your Legislators to Support Lifesaving Bills
Did you hear the great news? Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul joined with members of the legislature, who just introduced two new lifesaving gun violence prevention bills:
- Requiring background checks on all gun sales in Wisconsin
- Creating a process to temporarily remove guns from people who are in imminent danger of harming themselves or others (extreme risk protection restraining orders and injunctions).
The introduction of these bills is worth celebrating, and we have a lot of work to do. Getting these bills passed will be an uphill battle. Your Wisconsin legislators need to hear from you! Urge your legislators to support these powerful gun violence prevention bills!
This is our chance to save lives in Wisconsin, and it won’t happen unless we raise our voices.>>Click here to send a message to your state legislators demanding that they support these evidence-based gun violence prevention bills.
Let’s make this happen!Take Action
Contact Your Legislators to Oppose Dangerous Bills
The Wisconsin state legislature has recently proposed a number of dangerous gun bills, most of which would expand concealed carry to more people and places:
- SB484 / AB495 Relating to the possession of a firearm in a vehicle on school grounds by a person with a license to carry a concealed weapon
- SB502 / AB498 Relating to the minimum age to be eligible for a license to carry a concealed weapon
- SB516 / AB518 Relating to reciprocity for out-of-state licenses to carry a concealed weapon
- SB570 / AB572 Relating to limiting civil liability for firearm, firearm accessory, and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, importers, trade associations, sellers, and dealers
- SB584 Relating to possession of a firearm by a licensee in a place of worship located on the grounds of a private school
- LRB-4759 Relating to carrying concealed firearms without a license or law enforcement card; carrying firearms in police stations, houses of correction, secure mental health facilities, taverns, and mass public transportation systems; and carrying firearms in wildlife refuges or while engageing in certain activities, such as operating an ATV.
According to a recent report by WAVE and the Center for American Progress (CAP), since the passage of Wisconsin’s law to allow people to carry concealed weapons (CCW) passed nearly a decade ago, evidence shows that
- Trends in Wisconsin suggest that the passage of the CCW law was associated with a rise in gun homicides.
- Wisconsin’s CCW law is associated with “an increase in violent gun-related crime”
- “gun theft increased significantly following the enactment of the CCW law” in Wisconsin
Wisconsin legislators should not expand concealed carry to more people (i.e., youth) and places (i.e., schools); they should pass lifesaving gun laws that will make Wisconsin safe!Take Action
Sign Up for WAVE’s Virtual Day of Action
Save the date! On Tuesday, November 9, we are hosting a virtual Day of Action! This will be the most important action you can take this year to end gun violence.
November 9th will be our chance to show Wisconsin legislators that Wisconsinites want them to support the lifesaving gun violence prevention bills that were recently introduced, including background checks on all gun sales and a process for obtaining extreme risk protection orders (ERPO).
Likewise, it’s our chance to demand that they reject the series of bills that have been introduced in Wisconsin to loosen our carrying concealed weapons (CCW) laws.
This event will be all virtual, and we will help you prepare in advance to make sure you feel comfortable, no matter your experience. You will have the opportunity to speak with legislators, or, if you are not interested in talking, you can simply show up to demonstrate our strength in numbers. Either way, your presence will make a difference!!
To keep these sessions brief, we will hold two separate sessions–one at 10:00 am for residents of the eastern senate districts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28, 30, 33) and one at 12:00 pm for the residents of western senate districts (10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, 32).
Not sure which district you live in? You can look it up! Type your address in the search bar: https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/?single=y.Sign Up!