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As Catholic leaders gather in Rome to select a new pope and as the Senate Judiciary Committee resumes its markup of gun bills, leaders of diverse faiths in the U.S. are taking action today to demand that Congress pass common-sense gun law reforms to prevent the gun violence that claims the lives of 33 Americans every day.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns today released a new PSA featuring religious leaders demanding that Congress take action.

The ad can be viewed here: http://www.DemandAction.org/Faith

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It is being released ahead of the upcoming Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend on March 15-17, organized by Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Cathedral and PICO.  Congregations throughout the nation will gather to reflect and act on preventing gun violence including requiring background checks for all gun sales, removing assault weapons and high-capacity magazines from our communities and making gun trafficking a federal crime.

The PSA also follows an open letter from senior clergy in Newtown, Connecticut and more than 4,000 religious leaders from all major faith groups and all 50 states to U.S. senators urging them to pass gun violence prevention legislation.  The letter was published in The Des Moines Register and in Politico and can be viewed here.

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