Newtown Action Alliance Statement On Jacksonville Mass Shooting Incident Implores Donald Trump and Congress to Pass Sensible Gun Laws

For Immediate Release

August 27, 2018

Press Contact:
John Kelley

Newtown Action Alliance Statement On Jacksonville Mass Shooting Incident
Implores Donald Trump and Congress to Pass Sensible Gun Laws

Newtown, CT-The Newtown Action Alliance released the following statement after gunman killed three and injured 11 others at a Madden Classic national video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

Our hearts break for the families, survivors, first responders and the members of the Jacksonville community who have been impacted by the mass shooting incident yesterday. We send our love and support.

According to Gun Violence Archive, the Jacksonville Landing shooting was the 235th mass shooting incident in 2018 and there have been over 1800 incidents since the Sandy Hook tragedy. These mass shootings can happen anytime, anywhere and the federal government has willfully failed to take action to prevent these tragedies. 

Since we know firsthand that thoughts and prayers will not prevent future tragedies, we will once again beg Donald Trump and the 115th Congress to pass a comprehensive set of smart gun laws. Given their track record of willfully ignoring the gun violence epidemic altogether, we also encourage all Americans to register to vote and make gun violence prevention a priority in the voting booths. Until we vote for candidates who will reject any and all NRA money and influence, we will not be able to pass the following common sense proposals to reduce gun homicides, gun suicides, unintentional shootings, and mass shootings in our towns and cities across the nation. 


  • Background checks on all gun sales
  • Close the Charleston loophole or “delayed denial” where federally licensed dealers can sell guns if three business days pass without a verdict from the FBI
  • Restrict and penalize firearm possession by or transfer to a person subject to a domestic violence protection order or a person (including dating partners) convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor
  • Prohibit firearm sale or transfer to and receipt or possession by an individual who has: (1) been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor hate crime, or (2) received from any court an enhanced hate crime misdemeanor sentence
  • Mandatory waiting period for gun purchases
  • Red flag/gun violence restraining order/extreme risk protection order to temporarily prohibit an individual deemed by a judge to pose a danger to self or others, from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition and allow law enforcement to remove any firearms or ammunition already in the individual’s possession
  • Handgun permitting, licensing, training, and registration
  • Ban bump-fire stocks and other dangerous accessories
  • Ban future manufacture and sale of assault weapons, regulate existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act of 1934, and initiate a federal gun buyback program
  • Limits on high capacity magazines
  • Prohibit open carry
  • Make gun trafficking a federal crime
  • Repeal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to eliminate the corporate gun industry special protection from civil justice law that no other industry enjoys
  • Fund government research on gun violence
  • Child access prevention/safe storage requirement
  • Provide resources for people with mental illness
  • Microstamped code on each bullet that links it to a specific gun
  • “Smart guns” with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or biometric recognition (fingerprint) capability
  • Limit gun purchases to one gun per month to reduce trafficking and straw purchases
  • Require licensing for ammunition dealers
  • Enhance accountability of federally licensed firearms dealers
  • Digitize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) gun records
  • Raise the minimum age for gun purchases to 21
  • Ban 3D and ghost guns
  • Prohibit guns in schools and college campuses
  • Report lost and stolen guns


Newtown Action Alliance ( is a Newtown-based, national grassroots organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Our mission is to achieve the steady and continuous reduction of gun violence through legislative and cultural changes.