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Law enforcement, doctors, educators, clergy support ban on assault weapons


By: Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office

Washington January 31, 2013 - A diverse group of organizations has come together to support the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 (S. 150), introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on January 24.

“The wide range of groups and individuals standing behind the Assault Weapons Ban speaks to the commonsense nature of this bill,” Feinstein said. “The American public is behind this bill, doctors are behind it, teachers, law enforcement, religious leaders, mayors—it’s time for Washington to follow suit.”

Groups range from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Medical Association to the National Education Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Former Republican Governors Tom Ridge (Pennsylvania) and George Deukmejian (California) also support the bill.

For more information on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, click here. The full list of groups and individuals supporting the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 follows:

Law Enforcement

· International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators

· International Association of Chiefs of Police

· Major Cities Chiefs Association

· National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives

· National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence

· National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

· Police Executive Research Forum

· Police Foundation

· Women in Federal Law Enforcement

· Chaska, Minn., Police Chief Scott Knight, former chairman of the Firearms Committee, International Association of Chiefs of Police

· Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca

· Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck

· San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne

Health care

· American Academy of Nursing

· American Academy of Pediatrics

· American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

· American Medical Association

· American Public Health Association

· Doctors for America

· National Association of School Nurses

· National Physicians Alliance

Education and child welfare

· 20 Children

· American Federation of Teachers

· California Teachers Association

· Child Welfare League of America

· Children’s Defense Fund

· Every Child Matters

· MomsRising

· National Association of Social Workers

· National PTA

· National Education Association

· San Diego Unified School District

Gun safety

· Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

· Ceasefire Oregon

· Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

· Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence

· Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

· Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

· Mayors Against Illegal Guns

· Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence

· One Million Moms for Gun Control

· Protect Minnesota

· Violence Policy Center

· Washington CeaseFire

· Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort


· African Methodist Episcopal Church

· Alliance of Baptists

· American Baptist Churches of the South

· American Baptist Home Mission Societies

· American Friends Service Committee

· Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America

· Camp Brotherhood

· Catholic Charities USA

· Catholic Health Association

· Catholic Health Initiatives

· Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

· Catholics United

· Church of the Brethren

· Church Women United, Inc.

· Conference of Major Superiors of Men

· Disciples Home Missions, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

· Dominican Sisters of Peace

· Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence

· Franciscan Action Network

· Friends Committee on National Legislation

· Health Ministries Association

· Heeding God’s Call

· Hindu American Foundation

· Interfaith Alliance of Idaho

· Islamic Society of North America

· Jewish Council for Public Affairs

· Jewish Reconstructionist Movement

· Leadership Conference of Women Religious

· Mennonite Central Committee, Washington Office

· National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

· National Council of Churches

· National Episcopal Health Ministries

· NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

· Pax Christi USA

· PICO Network Lifelines to Healing

· Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness

· Progressive National Baptist Convention

· Rabbinical Assembly

· Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

· San Francisco Interfaith Council

· Sikh Council on Religion and Education, USA

· Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

· Sojourners

· Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

· United Church of Christ

· United Methodist Church

· United Methodist Women

· United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development

· United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

· Washington National Cathedral

· Women of Reform Judaism

Other organizations

· Alliance for Business Leadership

· American Bar Association

· Black American Political Association of California

· Center for American Progress Action Fund

· Grandmothers for Peace International

· National Parks Conservation Association

· Sierra Club


· VoteVets.org

· Washington Office on Latin America


· U.S. Conference of Mayors

· National League of Cities

· Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

· San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson

· Ventura County Board of Supervisors

· Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Anthony Smith

· Boston City Council

California cities

· Beverly Hills

· Calabasas

· Lemon Grove

· Los Angeles

· Petaluma

· Stockton

· Ventura

· West Hollywood

California mayors

· Alameda Mayor Amanda Gilmore

· Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox

· Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster

· Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa

· Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder

· Morro Bay former Mayor Janice Peters

· Oakland Mayor Jean Quan

· Orange Cove Mayor Gabriel Jimenez

· Petaluma Mayor David Glass

· Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael Harris

· Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson

· San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

· San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee

· San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

· San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx

· Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido

· Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant

· Saratoga Mayor Jill Hunter

· Tiburon Mayor Emmett O’Donnell

Current Senate cosponsors

· Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

· Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

· Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

· Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.)

· Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

· Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.)

· Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

· Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)

· Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

· Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

· Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.)

· Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

· Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)

· Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

· Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

· Senator John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)

· Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)

· Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

· Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

· Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

Former governors

· Former California Governor George Deukmejian

· Former Pennsylvania Governor and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge


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