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