Testimony in opposition to SB 331, “Kansas firearms industry nondiscrimination act”

Written testimony by Rabbi Moti Rieber, Executive Director of Kansas Interfaith Action,
in opposition to SB 331, “Kansas firearms industry nondiscrimination act”

Senate Fed and State Committee, Jan. 28, 2016

Chairman and Members of the Committee—

My name is Rabbi Moti Rieber, Executive Director of Kansas Interfaith Action, a statewide, multi-faith organization that “puts faith into action” by educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic, and environmental justice issues. I am writing today in opposition to SB 331.

A number of religious organizations have social investment guidelines that preclude investment in weapons manufacturers. Some do this because they consider non-violence a core element of their religious faith, and some because they are concerned about the incidence of gun violence in America. For instance, the Unitarian Universalist Association precludes investment in companies that have more than 5% of their business in the manufacture of weapons. The Praxis funds, under the umbrella of the Mennonite Church USA, are subject to restrictions based on six core values, one of which is to “Build a world at peace and free from violence”:

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