Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Prevent Avoidable Gun Violence, Become a Cosponsor of Jaime’s Law
Supported by: Brady Campaign united with Million Mom March, Newtown Action Alliance, #ThisIsOurLane, March for Lives, Change the Ref, and Guns Down America
116th Congress Co-Sponsors (58): Cicilline, Clarke, Cohen, DeLauro, Johnson (GA), Krishnamoorthi, Lynch, McNerney, Moore, Holmes Norton, Pallone, Schakowsky, Serrano, Watson Coleman, Dean, Khanna, Deutch, Roybal-Allard,
Kelly, Cummings, Rice, Engel, Rush, Jackson Lee, Frankel, Moulton, Soto, Raskin, Mucarsel-Powell, Cleaver, Espaillat, Lowey, Pascrell, Haaland, Hastings, Norcross, Takano, Napolitano, Boyle, Lofgren, McBath, Crist, Cisneros, Nadler, Brown, Eshoo, Pressley,
Swalwell, Levin, Quigley, Clark, Demings, Vargas, Kennedy, Castor, McGovern, Ocasio-Cortez, Casten
When the Broward County community marked the one-year anniversary of the senseless mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year, we were reminded that we must be accountable and responsive to the calls for change from survivors
of gun violence around the country. Every day we wait to enact reasonable gun safety measures we risk losing more lives to this deadly epidemic. To move one step closer to making “never again” a reality, I am writing to request your support for
Jaime’s Law, in remembrance of Jaime Guttenberg, who tragically lost her life at the age of 14 in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
This bill would impose background checks for ammunition transfers except for: (1) law enforcement personnel operating in the course of their official duties; (2) loans and gifts between select relatives; (3) transfers that occur upon death; (4) situations
in which it is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm; and (5) shooting ranges, hunting, trapping, and fishing under select circumstances. This universal approach to ammunition background checks is largely similar to the background checks
for guns adopted by H.R. 8, which recently passed the House with bipartisan support.
Under current law, individuals convicted of violent felonies, domestic abusers, and dangerously mentally ill individuals are prohibited from purchasing a firearm – and they are also prohibited from purchasing ammunition. But even though ammunition is every
bit as necessary for the operation of a firearm as the firearm itself, federal law does not require a background check to prevent prohibited purchasers from acquiring ammunition. Once a criminal obtains a firearm, there is nothing to stop them from repeatedly
buying ammunition to operate that firearm. While some states are leading the way in requiring a background check to obtain a license to purchase or possess ammunition (Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey), or require point-of-sale background
checks for ammunition (California and New York), we know that gun safety measures are much more effective in saving lives when they are enacted nationwide.
Jaime’s Law will not prevent law-abiding gun owners from purchasing ammunition—it will simply create an enforcement mechanism for existing law that prohibits criminals and other prohibited purchasers from buying ammunition.
To cosponsor, or if you have any questions, please contact Mike Viggiano at
email@example.com or 5-7931. I hope that you will cosponsor this common-sense legislation.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Member of Congress
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