Media Advisory: Arkansas Gun Owners to Urge Senator Pryor to Support Common-Sense Background Checks at Press Conference Thursday

Aug 28, 2013, 17:15 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

84 percent of Arkansans – and 82 Percent of Gun Owners Nationally – Support Comprehensive, Tough-On-Crime Background Checks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gun owners will gather at MacArthur Park on Thursday to call on Senator Pryor to support comprehensive background checks that will help keep guns out of the wrong hands. Polls have found that 84 percent of Arkansans support common-sense background checks.  Additionally, 82 percent of gun owners nationwide– including 74 percent of NRA members – support this tough-on-crime measure.  

In an effort to push for common-sense background checks legislation that will help save lives, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has been working with gun owners across the country who support sensible measures to deliver a message to congress. Please visit this link to hear an Arkansas gun owner talk about his support of background checks.

Currently it is far too easy for criminals, domestic abusers, people with severe mental illness and other dangerous individuals – people who know they can't pass a background check – to skirt the law and obtain guns by purchasing them online or at gun shows, where background checks are not required under federal law. Bipartisan legislation sponsored by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey—and supported by a majority of U.S. Senators— would have closed this dangerous loophole by extending background checks to commercial gun sales. But Senator Pryor was part of a minority of U.S. Senators who voted to block this sensible legislation.  

Events details are below:


Arkansas Gun Owners to Gather at MacArthur Park to Call on Senator Pryor to Support Common-Sense Background Checks


MacArthur Park

601 East 9th St.

Little Rock, AR 72202


Thursday, August 29 12:00PM

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