Press Release: Love and lament: A service of prayer in a season of heartache

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 5, 2017 

Contact: Becky Ceartas (919) 260-4766

Chapel Hill, NC – North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and the United Church of Chapel Hill will have a candlelight vigil to demand action to end gun violence in honor of the 59 killed and more than 400 injured in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting incident in modern U.S. history.

The vigil will be part of a nationwide tribute in partnership with the national gun violence coalition pushing for common sense gun laws to end gun violence.

The service will take place on Wednesday, October 6th at 12pm at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

The Las Vegas mass shooting was the 272nd mass shooting in 2017, defined as four or more people shot in one incident.

Becky Ceartas, executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, said the events highlight the need to stop loosening gun restrictions.

“It’s time for the House of Representatives to immediately abandon the NRA-supported Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act,” Ceartas said.

The SHARE Act would deregulate silencers, making them readily available without background checks at gun shows and on the Internet.

“Legislators must also oppose the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow gun owners from states with weak permitting laws to carry their concealed weapons in states with strong permit requirements,” Ceartas said.

North Carolinians Against Gun Violence also recommends policies such as passing laws to require background checks for sale of all guns; banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines; repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which provides legal immunity for the gun industry; and adequately funding federal gun violence research.

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