Gun Law Action Letter Tip-Sheet



"At the end of the day, the students at my school felt one shared experience," said Parkland student Cameron Kasky, "our politicians abandoned us by failing to keep guns out of schools. But this time, my classmates and I are going to hold them to account."

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Tips for influencing legislators:

  • Be as specific as you can.  Terms like “assault weapons” don’t have a technical meaning and can confuse the issue.  You can learn more about this here. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence also has great information.
  • You should advocate for specific measures:
  • ensuring people who are the subject of restraining orders lose their access to guns
  • closing the gun show loophole by requiring background checks
  • allowing the CDC to do research on gun violence
  • banning any device that can convert a semi-automatic weapon to the effective functioning of an automatic weapon, such as bump-stocks
  • banning the manufacture, import, sale, or possession of high-capacity magazines
  • Check out our general tips for writing a good letter to Congress.
  • Tell your story: Do you have kids in school who you are worried about? Has someone in your family been impacted by gun violence? Your story matters!
  • Include a photograph, if possible (it's worth a thousand words!)