Dear Putney Friends,

Thank you SO much for the work you have done leading up to today’s vote. What a mountain we have climbed together!!

Today at 1pm the House of Representatives will debate S. 141 and then vote. I encourage you to join us at the Statehouse and bear witness. This is huge.

If possible, it’s best to come early so you’re able to take your seats at 12:30 (you can have lunch beforehand in the Statehouse cafeteria if you like). The Gun Owners of VT folks will be trying to turn out in force, so plan to be calm and respectful. Along those lines, if the vote does, in fact, go our way, it’s important not to celebrate outwardly in the chamber (applause, etc.) because we wouldn’t want it to seem like gloating. And anyway, if we’re successful, the most important thing will be to soak it in so that you remember at your core what your hard work can accomplish!

The House Judiciary Committee spent all last week taking testimony on S. 141, and this morning they are poised to vote it out of committee. This means that the bill will go straight to the House Floor for a full House vote as soon as Thursday, so it’s critical to call your reps and voice your support now!

If you aren’t able to make it in person today, call the Sergeant-at-Arms office at the Statehouse at 802-828-2228 or 1-800-322-5616.

It’ll take just minutes to leave a message for your representative encouraging them to support S. 141 to help keep guns out of the wrong hands, but it can make all the difference!

GunsenseVTEven if you know your representative is supportive, call them to say thank you. As we go into the floor vote, it is critical that representatives feel the support that exists for this bill in their district. If you’re not sure who your representative is, click here, and if you want more guidance about what to say when you call, click here.

Today is the day!

Ann Braden

VPR-Gunsense-20131021Dear Friends,

We have exciting news about how quickly the House is moving forward on the Gun Violence Prevention Bill. After passing the Senate 20-8 last week, the House Judiciary Committee has already started hearings on S. 141. A floor vote could happen in as soon as two weeks! We were so successful in making our voices heard in the Senate, and we need to take a similar approach in the House, which means polite yet consistent contact urging them to support the bill.

Looking ahead at these next two critical weeks, here are the key steps:

1) RIGHT NOW e-mail your representatives in the House and encourage them to support S. 141 to keep guns out of the wrong hands. (Also, please e-mail Elissa at to let us know that you’ve sent your e-mail.)
I’ve included direct links to your representatives’ e-mail addresses below to make it easy.

2) In the coming days, encourage your friends and neighbors to write personal letters to your representative urging support for the bill. (Click here for additional information about the bill.)

3) Help phone supporters in swing districts to encourage calls to key representatives. (E-mail Elissa to help with calls!)

4) In the final days before the House floor vote, flood the Statehouse Sergeant-at-Arms office with calls in support from across the state.

Your voices were so important in the Senate, and they are going to be just as important on the House side. Please e-mail your representatives now!

Thank you!

Windham 1 Guilford, Vernon MICHAEL “MIKE” HEBERT
Windham 2-1 Brattleboro VALERIE A. STUART
Windham 2-2 Brattleboro MOLLIE S. BURKE
Windham 2-3 Brattleboro TRISTAN TOLENO
Windham 3 Athens, Brookline, Grafton, Rockingham, Westminster, Windham CAROLYN W. PARTRIDGE
Windham 3 Athens, Brookline, Grafton, Rockingham, Westminster, Windham MATTHEW A. TRIEBER
Windham 4 Dummerston, Putney, Westminster DAVID L. DEEN
Windham 4 Dummerston, Putney, Westminster MIKE MROWICKI
Windham 5 Marlboro, Newfane, Townshend EMILY LONG
Windham 6 Halifax, Whitingham, Wilmington ANN MANWARING
Windsor 1 Hartland, West Windsor, Windsor DONNA SWEANEY
Windsor 1 Hartland, West Windsor, Windsor JOHN BARTHOLOMEW
Windsor 2 Cavendish, Weathersfield MARK HUNTLEY
Windsor 3-1 Andover, Baltimore, Chester, Springfield LEIGH J. DAKIN
Windsor 3-2 Springfield ALICE M. EMMONS
Windsor 3-2 Springfield ROBERT “BOB” FORGUITES