Father Of Newtown Victim, Faith Leaders, and Local Advocates To Gather In New Orleans To Voice Support For Common-Sense Background Checks That Help Save Lives

Participants to Thank Senator Mary Landrieu for Supporting Bipartisan Background Checks Bill That Would Help Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

June 29th Rally is Part of "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" Bus Tour; www.NoMoreNames.org


Jun 27, 2013, 13:40 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

NEW ORLEANS, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, June 29th, the father of a Newtown victim, faith leaders, and local advocates with gather in New Orleans 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 common-sense gun policies. Participants will come together Saturday to voice their continued support for comprehensive and enforceable background checks, and they will thank U.S. Senator Landrieu for voting in favor of this life-saving measure.

This past April, Senator Landrieu stood with the 85 percent of Louisiana residents who support background checks and voted in favor of bipartisan legislation sponsored by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would have helped keep guns out of the hands of criminals by requiring background checks for commercial gun sales.

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: Father of Newtown victim, faith leaders, and local advocates to gather in New Orleans to voice support for common-sense background checks and thank Senator Landrieu for backing this life-saving measure.

Who:  - Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was murdered in Newtown
- Faith Leaders
- Local Advocates

Where:  Duncan Plaza
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

When: Saturday, June 29th 
Press Conference Time: 10:00 a.m.

For interview requests in advance and on-site, please contact Stacey Radnor at 202-870-6668.

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

Alex Katz: akatz@maig.org or 212-788-7617
Stacey Radnor: radnor@homefrontdc.com or 202-870-6668
Lizzie Ulmer: lulmer@maig.org or 269-271-2331

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