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Mayors Against Illegal Guns To Deliver 1.75 Million Petitions Demanding Action On Gun Violence To U.S. Senators Tomorrow

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Gun Violence Survivors, Law Enforcement Officials, Faith Leaders and Supporters Will Hand Deliver Petitions to Members of Congress And Call on Them to Support Commonsense Reforms When They Return to Washington Next Week; www.DemandAction.org

NEW YORK, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1.75 million petitions demanding political leaders take action to prevent gun violence will be delivered to Senators in all 50 states tomorrow.  Tens of thousands of these petitions will be hand-delivered at petition drop-off events across the country where gun violence survivors, law enforcement officials faith leaders and others will urge Senators to support commonsense gun reforms when they return to Washington next week.   The petition can be viewed here: www.DemandAction.org/Petition

As national lawmakers have been back in their home states and districts on recess the past two weeks, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has continued its push for sensible gun laws by airing ads in key states featuring a gun owner, Newtown families and highlighting the disturbing link between weak gun laws and violence against women.  The coalition also organized more than 140 events across the country featuring mayors, faith leaders, moms, law enforcement officials, gun violence survivors and family members of victims who spoke out about the need for comprehensive and enforceable background checks.  These activities are part of the largest field campaign in U.S. history to address gun violence.  The coalition recently announced that it has hired organizers and opened campaign offices in ten key states. 

List of petition delivery events happening across the country on Friday, April 5 (all times local):

ARIZONA

Phoenix What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Flake (25,988 Petitions)Who:    Alex Teves, father of son Alex Teves who was gunned down in Aurora theater shooting            Pat Maisch, Tucson shooting survivor            Morgan Abraham, University of Arizona Student Body President            Chris Kitaeff, licensed firearms dealer, Arizonians for Gun Safety board member            Ellen Davis, concerned ArizonanWhen:  10:00 AMWhere: Outside of Senator Flake's office, 2200 E. Camelback Road, Suite 120

Tucson What:   Petition Delivery to Senator McCain (25,988 Petitions)Who:    Ken Dorushka, Tucson shooting survivor            Nancy Bowman, Tucson shooting survivor            Daniel Hernandez, Jr., Tucson shooting survivorWhen: 10:00 AMWhere: Outside of Senator McCain's office, 407 W Congress St. #103

Tucson What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Flake (25,988 Petitions)Who:    Ken Dorushka, Tucson shooting survivor            Nancy Bowman, Tucson shooting survivor            Daniel Hernandez, Jr., Tucson shooting survivorWhen:  3:30 PMWhere: Outside of Senator Flakes's office, 6840 Oracle Road, Suite 150

COLORADO

Denver What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Udall and Senator Bennet (27,307 Petitions)Who:    Karina Vargas, gun violence survivor and community membersWhen:  10:30 AMWhere: Senator Michael Bennet's office, 1127 Sherman St. #150

GEORGIA

Atlanta What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Isakson and Senator Chambliss (36,429 Petitions)Who:    Advocates and survivors of gun violence When:  11:00 AMWhere: Office of Senator Isakson, 3625, Cumberland Blvd., Suite 970

INDIANA

Indianapolis What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Coats and Senator Donnelly (20,964 Petitions)Who:   Renita Hills, gun violence survivor and Voice of the Victim representativeWhen:  1:00 PMWhere:  Panera Bread, 110 West Washington St.

MAINE

Portland What:   Petition Delivery to Senator King (6,391 Petitions)Who:    Judi and Wayne Richardson, parents of Darien RichardsonWhen:  2:30 PMWhere: Senator King's Office, 2 Canal Plaza

NEVADA

Las Vegas What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Reid and Senator Heller (9,646 Petitions)Who:    Linda Cavazos, local therapist            Teresa Crawford, registered nurse            Brian Fadie, Executive Director of ProgressNow Nevada            Esther Sass, family member gun violence victimWhen:  1:00 PMWhere: 708 S. 6th Street

NORTH CAROLINA

Greensboro What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Hagan (39,259 Petitions)Who:    Mayor Robbie Perkins            Sheena Rorie, gun violence survivorWhen: 1:30 PMWhere: 7 Battleground Ct., central conference room on 2 nd floor

Raleigh What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Hagan (39,259 Petitions)Who:    Gail Neely, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence            Rev. Spencer Bradford, Durham Congregations In Action            Karen Haldeman, Moms Demand Action            Hooker Horton, local hunterWhen: 4:00 PMWhere: 310 New Bern Avenue

Charlotte What:  Petition Delivery to Senator Hagan (39,259 Petitions)Who:   The Right Reverend William O. Gregg, Assistant Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of NC           Martin Levine, retired Air Force veteran & former NRA member            Suzanne Rallis, Moms Demand ActionWhen: 2:00 PMWhere: 1520 South Boulevard, Suite 205

OHIO

Cincinnati What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Portman (43,634 Petitions)Who:    Moms Demand Action, faith leaders and community membersWhen:  Thursday, April 4, 11:00 AMWhere: Senator Portman's Office, 520 Vine Street

Columbus What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Brown (43,634 Petitions)Who:    Moms Demand Action and community membersWhen: 3:30 PMWhere: Senator Brown's Office, Sensenbrenner Park, 261 N. High Street

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Casey (58,569 Petitions)Who:    Gun violence survivor Joe Davis and community membersWhen:  2:15 PMWhere: Senator Casey's Office, 2000 Market Street, Suite 1870

Philadelphia What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Toomey (58,569 Petitions)Who:    Gun violence survivor/advocate TBD; concerned constituentsWhen:  12:15 PMWhere: Senator Toomey's Office, 1628 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 1702

Pittsburgh What:   Petition Delivery to Senator Toomey (58,569 Petitions)Who:    Rob Conroy of CeaseFirePA, gun violence survivor TBD and community membersWhen:  10:30 AMWhere: Senator Toomey's Office, 100 W. Station Square Dr. Suite 225

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 900 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

CONTACTS Erika Soto Lamb: esotolamb@rabengroup.com or 646-580-5281 Alex Katz: akatz1@cityhall.nyc.gov or 617-721-3779

SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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