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Background Checks Now: A National Town Hall

  • 216 Hart Senate Office Building (map)

Join Senator Chris Murphy and gun violence advocates from across the country for Background Checks Now, a national town hall on the need for universal background checks. The event will take place as the House prepares to vote on the bipartisan Background Checks Act. 97% of Americans support universal background checks, and this is a commonsense step that Congress can take to keep our communities safe from gun violence.

The town hall will take place live in room 216 in the Hart Senate Office Building and will be livestreamed on Facebook. Doors open at 6:30 PM ET and the event will begin at 7:00 PM ET.

Senator Murphy will be joined by:

  • Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA-06) - Congresswoman McBath first became active in public policy after losing her son Jordan to gun violence in 2012. After the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she decided to run for Congress. Elected in 2018, she is a champion for making our communities safer and better for every American of every background.

  • Jaclyn Corin - Jaclyn currently serves as the Director of Outreach for March for Our Lives. Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, she and her peers took action, organizing the largest youth protest since the Vietnam war. In her work with M4OL, Jaclyn has helped to galvanize an entire generation of young people in the fight against gun violence.

  • Pastor Brenda Mitchell - Brenda is a member of the Everytown Survivor Network. Her son Kenneth was shot and killed in 2005. In the years since his passing, Brenda has spoken out in her community of University Park, IL, about gun violence and the need for lawmakers to take action.

  • David Chipman - David served for 25 years as a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at Giffords and on the Firearms Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

  • Mark Barden - Mark is the managing director of Sandy Hook Promise. His son Daniel was killed at the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school along with 20 first-graders and six educators. Mark has since dedicated himself to bringing school violence prevention programming to students and adults nationwide and to passing sensible gun safety policies to stop tragedies before they happen.

Thank you to our event partners: ATTN:, Everytown, Giffords, March For Our Lives, Moms Demand Action, MoveOn and NowThis News.

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