Success: State Closes Gun Show Loophole

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Target: Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility Communications Director Geoff Potter

Goal: Praise the voter-approved expansion of background checks that closes Washington’s gun show loophole

On November 4, 2014, voters in Washington State approved a bill that expands background checks and effectively closes the “gun show loophole,” which allowed people to purchase guns without submitting to a background check at gun shows. The measure also included mandatory background checks for all online gun sales within the state. Exceptions are made for gun transfers within the family and the sale of antique guns.

This bill represents a ray of hope for gun control advocates who are fighting an uphill battle against the NRA and pro-gun lobbyists who continue to insist that guns are safe despite the drastic increase in mass shootings in the U.S. in the past few years. Thanks to the efforts of people like the ForceChange community for signing petitions like Close the Gun Show Loophole, we’re finally starting to effect positive change.

Sign this petition to thank gun safety activists in Washington state for their work to protect lives from deadly mass shootings like the one in Marysville, Washington, which ended in the deaths of five young students. We must stand by those who are continuing to fight even in the face of powerful and well-funded opposition.


Dear Mr. Potter,

Thank you for all of your efforts in creating and promoting the bill to expand background checks and close the online and gun show loopholes. These measures will go a long way in protecting people from the massive gun violence problem we currently have in the U.S. Not only that, but you’ve proven that it is possible to expand gun control in a country where the NRA and other powerful pro-gun lobbyists are using their considerable wealth to spread lies and fear-mongering about the issue.

Many people have begun to despair about ever seeing an end to the horrific mass shooting problem we have in this country. They are becoming more and more frequent while the NRA makes it seemingly impossible to pass any kind of decent gun control measure. Your fight has proven that the NRA is not invincible, because the truth is that the people of this nation want stricter gun control laws.

In the wake of the Marysville school shooting, the passing of this bill is a light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. I sincerely hope that you keep up your efforts and continue to inspire other states to pass tougher background checks and close dangerous loopholes in their gun control laws. Thank you again for everything you’ve done for the people of Washington State.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Thank you for closing the loophole..
    There is too much gun violence as it is!!!

  2. Judy Gilbert says:

    I also feel that I have been misrepresented in gun control issues! I JUST signed about fifteen surveys I feel passionate about, gun control I DO NOT!!! I AM TOTALLY NRA!!! I will be taking my name of the email subscription list as well. I am 150% for MY First Amendment unless you are a felon or a suspected terrorist PERIOD! I do believe in submitting an application before buying a gun. I also believe that questionable people should not the given the opportunity to own a gun until they prove themselves legitimate.I am a single mother of two grown children, who along with my brother took my kids out to the rifle range when they were young children, ten or under, to begin teaching them the meaning of the love and respect of guns, rifles, and target practice. We never had an incident with my unlocked guns. They understood the danger and were exposed to real guns early on as I was. The only law that I laid down was no one in the house when I was not home, as they knew and understand most of their friends did not have the same opportunity for education they did. Don’t mess with my 1st Amendment folks! you can take a way around I don’t care. I’ll be one of the first to admit I WILL have guns ILLEGALLY if you take away MY right. When our basic rights are slowly taken away we will begin to live in a country that resembles more and more of North Korea!!! Think about it folks. Use your heads if you have one. Is the problem education and sloppy laws that allow immediate gun sales like at gun shows or is it really that guns without their human owners are dangerous. That would equivalent to a drunk driving accident without a drunk!!! If you still have questions either you lack common sense or you just need more education. So which is it? I could go on forever, but would you continue reading? Yeah I thought so……….

  3. Judy Gilbert says:

    A few typographical errors in my comment. That should read you can take away your own right, I don’t care!”. The other few of my mistakes you SHOULD be able recognize and figure out on your own. I wish I would have ended it “Yeah I thought not……….”

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