Background Checks Make a Difference

A project of The Center for Gun Responsibility

August 22, 2014

CENTER FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY RELEASES NEW AD FEATURING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE ON HOW BACKGROUND CHECKS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE

Seattle, WA – Today, the Center for Gun Responsibility continued its Background Checks Make A Difference public education campaign with a new advertisement discusses how background checks on all gun sales can help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

This new ad is designed to help inform Washingtonians about the massive loophole in our current law that makes it easy for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill to obtain guns without a background check. In the ad, Kelly, a resident of Issaquah, Washington and a former Ferndale, Washington police officer, describes how easy it is for dangerous people to purchase guns using this loophole with no questions asked. From her perspective as a former law enforcement officer, background checks are simple, common sense, and make a difference in reducing gun violence.

“Today’s advertisement is part of the Center for Gun Responsibility’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about how background checks can make a difference in making our communities safer,” said Reverend Sandy Brown, President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Gun Responsibility. “The response to Background Checks Make A Difference, our inaugural public education campaign, has been extremely positive as citizens have become engaged in the discussion about closing the background check loophole in our state. Washingtonians are learning more about the dangers of this loophole, and they are eager to work together to develop solutions that reduce gun violence.”

The Center for Gun Responsibility is dedicated to making a lasting impact on reducing gun violence in Washington State and across the nation. The Center is a research and public engagement organization that partners with individuals and organizations that are focused on finding and implementing the most effective projects, programs and policies to prevent the harms from gun violence and promote gun responsibility. The Background Checks Make A Difference campaign is the Center’s first such endeavor, and is designed to educate Washingtonians about the importance of closing the loophole in Washington State’s law that allows dangerous people to evade background checks.

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For more information, please visit backgroundmakeadifference.org or contact Molly Boyajian at press@centerforgunresponsibility.org or 206-930-1555

 

 

Ad Backup: Center for Gun Responsibility Television Advertising

:30 TELEVISION ADVERTISING, “Background Checks Make A Difference #2”

08/22/14

 

Advertising Content Backup
VO: “After years as a cop, you bet I’m concerned that there’s a huge loophole in Washington’s gun laws.”

 

Visual #1: Kelly Bernado with a house in background

 

On Screen Graphic #1: “Kelly, former police officer, Issaquah, WA”

Easy Access To Guns for “Violent And Disturbed People” In Washington. “[V]iolent and disturbed people can still easily obtain a gun in the Evergreen State. Like most other states, Washington allows people to buy firearms at gun shows or through the Internet without undergoing background checks.” [Seattle Times, 8/13/14]

 

The News Tribune: Only “Licensed Gun Dealers” Required To Do Background Checks. “Currently, only federally licensed gun dealers are required to perform background checks in Washington and most other states.” [Editorial, The News Tribune, 12/18/13]

VO: “Right now, tens of thousands of guns are available for sale, in Washington state, online, without a background check.”

 

Visual #1: Man at computer, from behind

 

On Screen Graphic #1: “Thousands of guns for sale online without a background check. Source: Armslist.com, NorthwestFirearms.com, WaGuns.org, WashingtonGunTrader.org”

VO: “With a few clicks, anyone can arrange to meet a stranger in a parking lot and buy a gun, no questions asked . . . ”

 

Visual #1: Kelly Bernado with a house in background

 

Visual #2: Car parked alone in darkened lot

 

On Screen Graphic #1: “Felons can buy a gun from a stranger they met online. Source: Seattle Times, 11/18/13”

HEADLINE: “It’s Shockingly Easy To Buy A Gun Online Without A Background Check.” “Tens of thousands of guns are sold on Armslist. People who sell guns on Armslist classify themselves as ‘private sellers,’ meaning they’re not subject to the same regulations as gun dealers because they only make ‘occasional’ gun sales. Private sellers aren’t required to have a license or conduct criminal background checks on their customers.” [Business Insider, 12/12/13]

 

The News Tribune: Background Checks Only Required At Federally Licensed Dealers. “Currently, only federally licensed gun dealers are required to perform background checks in Washington and most other states.” [Editorial, The News Tribune, 12/18/13]

 

Jonathan Martin: “After A Few Clicks” On “The Craigslist Of Guns”, 9-mm Beretta Handgun Could Be Purchased In Parking Lot With “No Question Asked”. “Tina Podlodowski went gun shopping for the first time in her life. After a few clicks on www.armslist.com, the Craigslist of guns, Podlodowski was soon meeting a seller in a Shoreline parking lot. For $300, she walked away with a 9-mm Beretta, no questions asked.” [Jonathan Martin, The Seattle Times, 11/8/13]

VO: “. . . without anyone knowing if the buyer is a violent felon or if they’re a domestic abuser.”

 

Visual #1: Two people in silhouette, exchanging money

 

On Screen Graphic #1:“Domestic abusers can buy a gun from a stranger online. Source: Seattle Times, 11/18/13”

Jonathan Martin: Buying Gun Without Background Check “Too Easy”. “Podlodowski, a former Seattle City Council member…was curious how hard it would be to buy a gun without submitting to a background check. The answer: too easy.” [Jonathan Martin, The Seattle Times, 11/8/13]

 

The News Tribune: “There’s No Reason It Should Be As Easy To Buy A High-Powered Gun As It Is To Buy A Couch On Craigslist.” [Editorial, The News Tribune, 12/18/13]

VO: “Background checks are simple, they’re common-sense, and they make a difference.”

 

Visual #1: Kelly Bernado with a house in background

 

Visual #2: Blue background with text

 

On Screen Graphic #1: “For more information, check out: www.BackgroundChecksMakeADifference.org.

 

On Screen Graphic #2: “Paid for by The Center For Gun Responsibility”

Since 1998, 40,976 Gun Sales To Prohibited Purchasers Have Been Denied By The Federal NICS Background Check In Washington State. [Federal Bureau of Investigation Data, 1998-2013]

 

  • Since 1998, Over 6,000 Gun Sales Have Been Denied For Domestic Violence Purposes By The Federal NICS Background Check In Washington State. [Federal Bureau of Investigation Data, 1998-2013]

 

  • Since 1998, Over 24,000 Gun Sales To Felons Have Been Denied For Domestic Violence Purposes By The Federal NICS Background Check In Washington State. [Federal Bureau of Investigation Data, 1998-2013]

 

38% Fewer Women Are Shot To Death By Intimate Partners In States That Require Background Checks For Private Handgun Sales. [FBI Supplementary Homicide Report and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2010]

 

39% Fewer Law Enforcement Officers Are Shot To Death With Handguns In States That Require Background Checks On Private Handgun Sales. [FBI, 2001-2011]