Call to Action: Gun Reform Bills

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This is an important Call to Action about the Gun Reform Bills.  Lori Boyce is keeping OCDP informed about these bills.  I hope you will take any action to help move these bills forward. If you have any questions, please call (248) 972-6400 to get in touch with me. –

Nancy Quarles, OCDP Chair

As you might have heard – there have been 3 packages of bills introduced in the Michigan Senate on Gun reform: 

1. Safe storage

2. Universal Background Checks

3. Extreme Protection Orders (aka Red Flag laws) 

NOW is the time to ACT.  Anything you do will help.

Here is what you can do NOW:

– If you lead an organization – sign the letter showing support of these bills preferably by noon tomorrow or if you are an elected official:

*Please only sign on if you are authorized to sign on behalf of your organization or you are an elected official. We need all kinds of organizations– houses of worship, trade unions, block clubs, professional associations, businesses, community groups, ethnic associations, youth groups, political organizations, volunteer and civic associations, and more. Please sign on behalf of your organization or if you are an elected official. This list will be circulated to lawmakers to demonstrate support for these common sense reforms. We will attempt to highlight it at committee hearings as well. Share this message with your supporting network.

– Phone bank for End Gun Violence Michigan (this is for this week and next) – volunteer at

– Contact elected officials urging them to vote FOR these sensible gun bills (see sample of essential text below – can copy and paste). Find contact information as follows: 

Michigan Senators:

Michigan Representatives:

Note – flood in particular the following Republicans that are considered more likely to vote with Dems than their Senate colleagues on these bills:  Ruth Johnson, Ed Mc Broom, Mark Huizenga, Michael Webber, John Damoose, , Rick Outman and Roger Victory.

In order to have immediate effect – we need Republicans to join in (for the Senate – 6 of them)

– Show up next week when the vote is scheduled  (date TBD)

Mark your calendar for upcoming events:

March 6 Faith Forum on Gun Violence

March 15 – a number of activities are being planned in Lansing.  More information to come.  

Should be posted on End Gun Violence of Michigan website:

June 17 – statewide marches are being planned to support efforts to end gun violence

Sample essential information for communications with elected officials:

I strongly encourage you to vote yes for the following packages of gun reform bills:

Enact extreme risk protection orders aka “Red Flag Laws” (Senate Bills 83, 84, 85 and 86)

Require Safe Storage of Firearms (Senate Bills 79, 80, 81 and 82)

Require Universal Background Checks (Senate Bills 76, 77 and 78)


Note – what is happening here in Michigan is closely watched in other states.  Let’s help Michigan be a leader on this important issue.

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The great people who make up the Oakland County Democratic Party are the champions of working families in every city and township throughout our county. Please join us with your activism, your membership, your votes, and your voice as we stand shoulder to shoulder with all of our State and Local Democratic Leaders, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Gary Peters, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Congresswoman Haley Stevens, Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, and Congressman Andy Levin.

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