On Martin Luther King Day, January 17, 2011, 24 national faith groups announced the formation of “Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence,” a diverse coalition of denominations and faith-based organizations united by the call of our faiths to confront America’s gun violence epidemic and to rally support for policies that reduce death and injury from gunfire.

We have grown to more than 50 groups representing tens of millions of Americans in faith communities across the nation – and our call to confront this epidemic has grown ever more urgent and imperative.

What We Want

In light of the tragedy in Newtown — and in Aurora, Tucson, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Oak Creek, and so many more — we know that no more time can be wasted. Gun violence is taking an unacceptable toll on our society, in mass killings and in the constant day-to-day of senseless death. While we continue to pray for the families and friends of those who have perished, we must also support our prayers with action.

We support immediate legislative action to accomplish the following:

1 – Every person who buys a gun should pass a criminal background check;
2 – High-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines should not be available to civilians; and
3 – Gun trafficking should be a federal crime.


Faiths United to Prevent Gun violence supports a common-sense agenda that will make it harder for people with criminal intentions to buy guns and easier for police and prosecutors to stop them. Our coalition of over 50 denominations and faith-based organizations is calling on Congress to pass legislation that will:



African American Ministers In Action

African Methodist Episcopal Church – Social Action Commission

Alliance of Baptists

Alliance of Baptists

American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Bishops United Against Gun Violence

Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

Bon Secours Kentucky Health System

BPFNA ~ Bautistas Por la Paz

Catholic Health Association of the United States

Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good


Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Disciples Justice Action Network

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Episcopal Peace Fellowship

Faith in Public Life

Family and Children’s Ministries, Disciples Home Missions, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Franciscan Action Network

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Global Justice Institute

God Before Guns

Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence

Jewish Women International

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office

Methodist Federation for Social Action

Metropolitan Community Churches

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Council of Churches

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and Campaign Nonviolence

Pax Christi USA

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc

Rabbinical Assembly

Rabbis Against Gun Violence

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Sikh Council on Religion and Education

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute Leadership Team

The Episcopal Church

Union for Reform Judaism

Unitarian Universalist Association

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society of the

United Methodist Women

Washington National Cathedral

Women of Reform Judaism


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