Federal Action

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.

State Actions

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:

  1. Requiring background checks on all gun sales in Wisconsin
  2. 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:

  1. 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
  2. SB502 / AB498 Relating to the minimum age to be eligible for a license to carry a concealed weapon
  3. SB516 / AB518 Relating to reciprocity for out-of-state licenses to carry a concealed weapon
  4. SB570 / AB572 Relating to limiting civil liability for firearm, firearm accessory, and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, importers, trade associations, sellers, and dealers
  5. SB584 Relating to possession of a firearm by a licensee in a place of worship located on the grounds of a private school
  6. 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.

>>>Click here to sign up now!

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.

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Wisconsin Voter Information – 2020

If you are eligible to vote, we urge you to vote in the August 11th and November 3rd elections this year! (And, to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19, we encourage you to vote absentee.) 

Voting is an essential civic duty to ensure we elect officials who will represent our priorities, including passing evidence-based, lifesaving gun violence prevention policies. 

Your voice deserves to be heard!

Please note: We will do our best to keep the information below up-to-date, but, due to COVID-19, information may change.

Register to Vote & Vote Absentee

  1. Register to vote (or check to make sure you are registered): https://wave.votewisconsin.com/

  2. Request an absentee ballot.

    a. Online Form – https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee. An acceptable photo ID is required.
    or
    b. Paper Form – Depending on where you live, you may receive a paper “Wisconsin Application for Absentee Ballot” in the mail. An acceptable photo ID is required. You may submit your application and a copy of your ID by mail, fax, email, or in-person at your municipal clerk’s office.

  3. Complete your absentee ballot, and have a witness sign it.

  4. Submit your completed absentee ballot. (It must be received your municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.)

If you need assistance in registering to vote or applying for your absentee ballot, please let us know. You can email us at admin@waveedfund.org.

Dates to Know

Dates To Know For Wisconsin’s August 11, 2020, Partisan Primary Election

July 22, 2020 – Last day to register to vote online or by mail for the August 11th Partisan Primary
August 6, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Last day to request an absentee ballot for the August 11th Partisan Primary (To avoid any potential issues and make sure you get your ballot in time, do NOT wait until the last day.)
August 7, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Last day to register to vote in-person in your municipal clerk’s office before election day. (You can register to vote in-person at your polling place on election day between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., too, but we recommend that you plan to register in advance if you can.)
August 11, 2020, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – You can register to vote in-person at your polling place on Election Day, but we recommend that you plan to register in advance if you can.
August 11, 2020, by 8:00 p.m. – Your absentee ballot must be received your municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
August 11, 2020 Wisconsin Fall Partisan Primary Election Day

Dates to Know for November 3, 2020, General Election

October 14, 2020 Last day to register to vote online or by mail for the November 3rd General Election
October 29, by 5:00 p.m.  Last day to request an absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020, General Election. (To avoid any potential issues and make sure you get your ballot in time, do NOT wait until the last day.)
October 30, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Last day to register to vote in-person in your municipal clerk’s office before election day. (You can register to vote in-person on election day, too, but we recommend that you plan to register in advance if you can.)
November 3, 2020, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – You can register to vote in-person at your polling place on Election Day, but we recommend that you plan to register in advance if you can.
November 3, 2020, by 8:00 p.m. Your absentee ballot must be received your municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
November 3, 2020  General Election Day

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