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From April 6-15, 2021, we went on a Road Trip for Background Checks! Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers, gun violence survivors, Republicans, gun owners, veterans, faith leaders, and elected leaders around the country at 76 stops decorated a mural and collected messages, mementos, and letters to Congress that were delivered in-person to senators on Capitol Hill.

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Road Trip States & Stops

Washington, D.C.

April 15, 2021

After a 16,000-mile journey with 76 stops in 23 politically diverse states, volunteers arrived on Capitol Hill for the last stop of the Road Trip for Background Checks to deliver murals and collected messages, mementos, and letters to Congress.

Notable Attendees

  • Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety 
  • Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action
  • Nicole Buzzetto-Hollywood, gun owner and Moms Demand Action volunteer
  • Rev. Emanuel Lipscomb, survivor of multiple incidents of gun violence from D.C. who has dedicated much of his life to stopping city gun violence
  • Jeannie She, gun violence survivor, a high school senior, and a member of the Students Demand Action National Advisory Board.
A group of eight Moms Demand Action volunteers hold up a Background Checks Now sign with the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge in the background

California

  • San Fransisco, CA – April 6, 2021

  • Napa, CA – April 6, 2021

  • Sacramento, CA – April 6, 2021

  • Santa Ana, CA – April 7, 2021

  • Los Angeles, CA – April 8, 2021

A group of Moms Demand Action volunteers in Jacksonville, FL pose with Background Checks Now signs on a stop in Jacksonville, FL during the Road Trip for Background Checks

Florida

  • Miami, FL – April 6, 2021

  • Parkland, FL – April 6, 2021

  • Naples, FL – April 6, 2021

  • Sarasota, FL – April 7, 2021

  • Tampa, FL – April 7, 2021

  • Orlando, FL – April 8, 2021

  • Gainesville, FL – April 8, 2021

  • Tallahassee, FL – April 9, 2021

  • Jacksonville, FL – April 9, 2021

Two volunteers in Chicago hold up the Background Checks Now sign on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Illinois

  • Chicago, IL – April 6, 2021

A woman signs the Background Checks Now banner at a stop in Portland, ME on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Maine

  • Portland, ME – April 6, 2021

A volunteer in Texas holds up a Background Checks Now on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Texas

  • Houston, TX – April 6, 2021

  • Austin, TX – April 7, 2021

  • San Antonio TX – April 7, 2021

  • El Paso, TX – April 8, 2021

  • Dallas, TX – April 11, 2021

A Students Demand Action volunteer signs the Background Checks Now mural in CT on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Connecticut

  • New Haven, CT – April 7, 2021

  • Sandy Hook, CT – April 7, 2021

  • Bridgeport, CT – April 7, 2021

A man and a woman, both wearing Moms Demand Action shirts, hold a Background Checks Now sign on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Indiana

  • South Bend, IN – April 7, 2021

  • Noblesville, IN – April 8, 2021

  • Indianapolis, IN – April 8, 2021

A group of eight Moms and Students Demand Action volunteers in NY on the Road Trip for Background Checks

New York

  • Westchester, NY – April 8, 2021

  • New York City, NY – April 8, 2021

A volunteer in Oklahoma City on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma City, OK – April 8, 2021

  • Norman, OK – April 9, 2021

  • Tulsa, OK – April 10, 2021

A group of volunteers in Greenville, SC on the Road Trip for Background Checks

South Carolina

  • Charleston, SC – April 8, 2021

  • Greenville, SC – April 9, 2021

  • Rock Hill, SC – April 9, 2021

A group of volunteers in Dallas, GA on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Georgia

  • Savannah, GA – April 10, 2021

  • Atlanta, GA – April 11, 2021

  • Cherokee County, GA – April 12, 2021

  • Dallas, GA – April 12, 2021

Volunteers hold up a background checks now sign at the St Louis stop on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Missouri

  • Springfield, MO – April 10, 2021

  • Joplin, MO – April 10, 2021

  • Columbia, MO – April 11, 2021

  • St. Louis, MO – April 12, 2021

A group of volunteers on the Camden, NJ Road Trip for Background Checks stop

New Jersey

  • Hudson County, NJ – April 9, 2021

  • Trenton, NJ – April 9, 2021

  • Camden, NJ – April 10, 2021

A group of volunteers in Ohio on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Ohio

  • Cincinnati, OH – April 9, 2021

  • Dayton, OH – April 10, 2021

a close-up of the Background Checks Now mural and the many signatures on it

North Carolina

  • Charlotte, NC – April 10, 2021

  • Durham, NC – April 11, 2021

Utah

  • Salt Lake City, UT – April 10, 2021

A group of volunteers in Delaware on the Road Trip for Background Checks

Delaware

  • Newark, DE – April 11, 2021

A volunteer in Philadelphia smiles with the mural in the background

Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia, PA – April 11, 2021

Four volunteers in Colorado hold up the Background Checks Now sign

Colorado

  • Boulder, CO – April 12, 2021

  • Denver, CO – April 12, 2021

Maryland

  • Baltimore, MD – April 12, 2021

  • Montgomery County, MD – April 13, 2021

A group of volunteers on the Road Trip for Background Checks in Virginia

Virginia

  • Richmond, VA – April 12, 2021

  • Charlottesville, VA – April 13, 2021

  • Fauquier, VA – April 13, 2021

  • Fairfax, VA – April 14, 2021

  • Alexandria, VA – April 14, 2021

A volunteer in West Virginia signs the Background Checks Now mural

West Virginia

  • Charleston, WV – April 12, 2021

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