RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, June 22nd, advocates for common-sense gun laws will hold a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina as part of the "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" – a 25-state national bus tour over a period of 100 days aimed at urging America's leaders to support sensible gun safety measures. Participants will come together Saturday to voice their continued support for comprehensive and enforceable background checks. They will also thank Senator Kay Hagan for voting to support this life-saving measure, and they will urge Senator Richard Burr to reconsider his position and take another look at bipartisan legislation sponsored by two NRA A-rated lawmakers that would help keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Participants will include: Neil Heslin, the father of 6-year-old Newtown victim Jesse Lewis; U.S. Congressman David Price; Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe; Joslin Simms, whose son Rayburn was murdered with a gun in Durham in 2005; Brinda Sousley, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; and Hilton Cancel, a local gun owner, former police officer, and board member of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.
Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns in this country. "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" is part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns' ongoing, national effort to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America – and most importantly, to urge elected officials to act on behalf of the people they represent.
What: Advocates to gather in Raleigh to voice support for common-sense gun laws that will keep guns out of the wrong hands and help save lives
- Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was murdered in Newtown
- U.S. Congressman David Price
- Morrisville Mayor Jackie Holcombe
- Joslin Simms, whose son Rayburn was murdered with a gun in Durham in 2005
- Brinda Sousley, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
- Hilton Cancel, Gun Owner, Former Police Officer, Board Member of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence
Where: Moore Square Park
200 S Blount Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
When: Saturday, June 22nd
Press Conference Time: 10:00 a.m.
Name-Reading to Begin After Press Conference
*All participants will be available to speak with media throughout the day. For interview requests in advance and on-site, please contact John Duckwitz at 540-878-1136.
About Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 950 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation's mayors around these common goals: protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns. Learn more at www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org
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