MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
A group of Senators has introduced a bill (SB 5711) that would establish universal
background checks for all gun sales in Washington State. Currently, only licensed firearm
dealers are legally required to conduct background checks. Private sellers, whether at gun
shows, on the internet, or on our city streets outside a gun buyback program, do not have
to perform background checks to make sure they do not sell a weapon to someone who is
prohibited by law from purchasing one. Nationally, up to 40% of gun sales occur without
background checks. This so-called “gun show loophole” must be closed!
Senate Bill 5711 is an important first step toward making this a reality, and a wide majority
of registered voters in Washington State support universal background checks. But we must
make our voices heard! The bill has 23 sponsors, including 2 Republicans, but passage is
far from certain. This bill has been targeted by the NRA for defeat, making it all the more
important that the 87% of Washington voters who support universal background checks
contact their Senators today.
We have provided sample email text below, which you can send as is or edit to make a more
personal appeal. Please note that you must include your email address. It would be helpful
to also include your name and other contact information, particularly your address and/or
legislative district, but this information is not required.