By Clark Collis
August 02, 2016 at 02:47 PM EDT
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The new comedy Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? stars Andrea Anders as a Texan who, to the chagrin of her husband (Matt Passmore), convinces the women of her town to withhold sex until every gun in their burg is given up.

“I had always wanted to use laughter as a means to get people to think, and to look at themselves in a nonthreatening but honest manner,” says filmmaker Matt Cooper in his director’s statement. “Perhaps through laughter, people would open a dialogue and something could be done to curb the wave of deadly and senseless violence. Not everyone shared my comedic vision of a story about gun control. In fact, the project was difficult to finance. So 17 years after I had written the first draft, and armed with undying passion for the project, I raised the capital myself. We completed principal photography on Halloween 2014.”

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? costars Horatio Sanz, John Michael Higgins, John Heard, Lauren Bowles, Cloris Leachman and Katherine McNamara. The film opens in New York and Scottsdale, Arizona on Sept. 16, followed by Los Angeles and Washington on Sept. 23, and then additional markets nationwide throughout September and October.

You can exclusively see the film’s trailer, above.