The Acts of Convention

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Resolution Number: 2000-B007
Title: Request the Removal of Handguns and Assault Weapons
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 73rd General Convention request members of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America to acknowledge that the violence in our communities is encouraged and enabled by the presence of guns; and be it further

Resolved, That this Convention call upon all members of the church to work intentionally in their several committees, legislatures, and institutions toward the removal of handguns and assault weapons from our homes, other residential communities, and vehicles.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Denver, 2000 (New York: General Convention, 2001), p. 325.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author:
Originating House: House of Deputies
Originating Committee: Committee on Social and Urban Affairs

House of Deputies

Original Text of Resolution:

(B007)

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 73rd General Convention request members of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America to acknowledge that the violence in our communities is encouraged and enabled by the presence of guns; and be it further

Resolved, That, following the example of the 1999 Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of Chicago, General Convention ask Episcopalians to prayerfully consider making our homes and vehicles safe for everyone, especially children, by removing handguns and assault weapons from those places.

Committee Amendment:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 73rd General Convention request members of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America to acknowledge that the violence in our communities is encouraged and enabled by the presence of guns; and be it further

Resolved, That, following the example of the 1999 Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of Chicago, General Convention ask Episcopalians to prayerfully consider making our homes and vehicles safe for everyone, especially children, by removing handguns and assault weapons from those places.

Resolved, That this Convention calls upon all members of the church to work intentionally in their several committees, legislatures, and institutions toward the removal of handguns and assault weapons from our homes, other residential communities, and vehicles.

Debate followed on Resolution B007 as amended.

Deputy Mayo of Fort Worth moved to amend the resolution.

Proposed Amendment:

Move the minority report to Resolution B007 as amended as an amendment. That report amends the original by keeping the same first resolve and by adding a second:

"Resolved, That General Convention ask Episcopalians to prayerfully consider making our homes and vehicles safe for everyone, especially children, by more adequate education to all our family members on safe and responsible use of guns and in strict safety measures for keeping guns out of the reach of young people."

Debate followed on the Mayo amendment to Resolution B007 as amended.

The question was called.

A vote was taken to terminate debate on the Mayo amendment.

Motion carried

Debate terminated

A vote was taken on the Mayo amendment (the minority report) to Resolution B007 as amended.

Motion defeated

Amendment defeated

The question was called.

A vote was taken to terminate debate on Resolution B007 as amended.

Motion carried

Debate terminated

A vote was taken on Resolution B007 as amended.

Motion carried

Resolution adopted with amendment

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #160)

House of Bishops

The House of Bishops Committee on Social and Urban Affairs presented its Report #31 on HD Message #160 on Resolution B007 (Removal of Handguns and Assault Weapons) and moved concurrence.

The Bishop of Springfield moved to replace the resolution with the minority report.

The Bishop of Springfield withdrew his amendment.

The Bishop of Upper South Carolina moved to amend B007.

Proposed Amendment:

Add a statement concerning gun safety and child protection locks.

The Bishop of Minnesota moved to call the question.

A vote was taken to terminate debate on the Bishop of Upper South Carolina's amendment.

Motion carried

Debate terminated

A vote was taken on the Bishop of Upper South Carolina's amendment.

Motion defeated

Amendment defeated

A vote was taken on Resolution B007.

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #232)

Resolution Concurred by Both Houses, July 13.

Abstract:   The 73rd General Convention calls upon members of the Church to work toward the removal of handguns and assault weapons from homes, other residential communities, and vehicles.