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October 3, 2017

Cal-Pac Passed Two Resolutions on Gun Violence in 2017

At Annual Conference 2017, the California-Pacific Conference passed two resolutions pertaining to gun violence.

The text of the resolutions are as follows:

RESOLUTION: NO TO CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY

WHEREAS, The States of California and Hawaii have strict and effective rules about who may carry a concealed weapon and who may not, and

WHEREAS, Strong gun laws save lives, and

WHEREAS, H.R. #38, introduced in 2017, would allow a person who has a concealed carry permit in one state reciprocity to carry in any other state, as well as on federal lands and in schools, thus overriding stricter rules in other states and overriding states’ rights to set their own qualifications for concealed carry,

Therefore Be It Resolved that the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church opposes Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

RESOLUTION: NO TO LEGALIZING SILENCERS

WHEREAS, One of the important realities of gunfire is that it can be heard and responded to, and

WHEREAS, silencers are among the few accessories regulated by the National Firearms Act– to purchase or transfer a silencer, you must acquire a special license, enter the serial number in a federal registry, and pay a $200 fee, thereby preventing silencers from getting into the hands of those who would use them to commit crimes, and

WHEREAS, By muffling the noise generated by gunshot, a silencer would provide a danger of more effective mass murder by delaying the moment when someone calls the police, and

WHEREAS, hunters and sport shooters concerned about hearing loss may use earplugs or headphones,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church opposes a softening of the current laws regulating silencers for use by civilian gun owners.

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Did You Know?:

Gun Violence is lower in California and Hawaii due to stricter legislation: Center for American Progress, Gun Violence in America