Hoosiers To Demand Answers From Senator Coats On His 'No' Vote On Background Checks And Unanswered Meeting Requests

May 02, 2013, 15:26 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Gun Violence Survivors and Family Members Requested Meetings to Ask Why Coats Voted Against a Commonsense, Life-Saving Solution Supported by 89 Percent of Indiana Voters; www.DemandAction.org

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SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Indiana gun violence survivors and family members will gather on Friday in South Bend to demand a response to their requests to meet with Senator Dan Coats to learn more about why he voted against the 89 percent of Indiana voters who support background checks for gun sales. Parents, families, friends and individuals who have been affected by gun violence have sent letters and emails asking for a face-to-face meeting and an explanation on Coats' vote against commonsense background checks – their requests have gone unanswered.

The bipartisan legislation Coats voted against, sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, would have closed the loopholes that make it easy for dangerous people to get guns.

Details of the event are below:

What: Indiana gun violence survivors and family members demand response from Senator Coats on unanswered meeting requests

Who:  Stephen Miller—brother Thomas was killed with a gun as a young man and nephew Christopher committed suicide with a gun
Other Indiana gun violence survivors and family members

When:  Friday, May 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Where:  St. Joseph County Courthouse: 101 South Main Street, South Bend, IN

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