September 12, 2017

Action Alert:
Tell your U.S. Representative to Vote NO on the SHARE ACT

Update: On October 3, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced the SHARE Act was no longer on the House schedule. Ryan indicated there are no plans to bring the bill back up for consideration. Additionally, Congressman Peter Defazio, a Democrat from Oregon, has removed himself as a sponsor of the SHARE Act. Thanks to all those who contacted their Representative asking for this dangerous bill to be tabled!

Today, the House Federal Lands Subcommittee conducted a hearing on the dangerous “Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” (SHARE Act) introduced by Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on behalf of the National Rifle Association.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) has accepted $4,500 in contributions from the gun lobby for the 2018 election cycle. Only the oil/gas and insurance industries have given him more.

Contrary to its name, the SHARE Act is a regressive piece of legislation that would do the following:

  • Eliminate the longstanding and successful licensing and registration process for civilians who wish to obtain firearm silencers. Furthermore, the 900,000 silencers already in civilian hands could be transferred through private sales, with no background check!
  • Require the government to destroy records of silencer sales/transfers.
  • Prevent the government from classifying ammunition as “armor-piercing,” thereby guaranteeing its sale on the civilian market.
  • Nullify state gun laws preventing the possession of dangerous firearms, allowing individuals in states with weak gun laws to transport their assault rifles through any state in the country.
  • Allow hunters to shoot and kill bear cubs in their dens while they are hibernating.

Please call your representative in the House of Representatives through the U.s. Capitol Hotline at (202) 224-3121 and give him/her the following message:

As your constituent, I urge you to vote NO on the SHARE Act. This reprehensible piece of legislation purports to be about “recreation” and “conservation,” but in reality is a Christmas tree for the gun lobby. It is packed with provisions that would financially benefit the gun industry by allowing them to sell military-style accessories (silencers) and ammunition (armor-piercing) freely on the civilian market. The SHARE Act is an obvious threat to public safety. It angers me that the House is wasting taxpayer resources spending time on it. I will be watching your vote on this legislation closely, and making decisions as a voter, donor and activist based on it.

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