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Alabama Moms Demand Action, Everytown Applaud Defeat of Dangerous Gun Bills This Session

June 3, 2019

Volunteers With the Alabama Chapter of Moms Demand Action Supported Lawmakers in Their Efforts to Stop Bills Including Permitless Carry Legislation

The Legislature Adjourned on the Same Day as a Mass Shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia Took the Lives of Twelve People and Wounded Four More

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Volunteers with the Alabama chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after the Alabama legislature adjourned without passing several dangerous gun bills, including:

SB 4, which would have allowed people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without getting a permit or passing a background check

HB 49, an expansion of Alabama’s Stand Your Ground law which would have allowed any person in the state to use deadly force when members of a religious group perceive a physical threat, even in situations that are not life-threatening.

“This year, we worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to stop bills that would’ve threatened our safety,” said Dana Ellis, volunteer leader with the Alabama chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “But while we’re grateful for these wins, we’re also devastated by the news of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach. We are more motivated than ever to keep fighting for common-sense gun laws that will save lives in Alabama.”

This legislative session, the Alabama chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America supported lawmakers in the successful efforts to defeat these bills by:

Organizing an advocacy day with dozens of Moms Demand Action volunteers to educate members of the legislature about the dangers these bills presented.

Working with community partners, including law enforcement officials from across the state, to stand up for public safety.

Maintaining a consistent presence at the Capitol by regularly testifying before legislative committees in opposition to bills that would threaten public safety in Alabama.

Driving thousands of calls and digital messages to lawmakers urging them to side with public safety and reject these bills.

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