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Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund Endorses Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Salud Carbajal, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Norma Torres, Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Mark Takano for U.S. House

June 30, 2020

Reps. Lee, Speier, Swalwell, Carbajal, Chu, Schiff, Lieu, Torres, Bass, Takano are Gun Sense Champions Who Will Fight for Common-Sense Gun Safety Measures in Congress

NEW YORK – Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund endorsed Congresswoman Barbara Lee for Congress in California’s 13th congressional district, Congresswoman Jackie Speier for Congress in California’s 14th congressional district, Congressman Eric Swalwell for Congress in California’s 15th congressional district, Congressman Salud Carbajal for Congress in California’s 24th congressional district, Congresswoman Judy Chu for Congress in California’s 27th congressional district, Congressman Adam Schiff for Congress in California’s 28th congressional district, Congressman Ted Lieu for Congress in California’s 33rd congressional district, Congresswoman Norma Torres for Congress in California’s 35th congressional district, Congresswoman Karen Bass for Congress in California’s 37th congressional district, Congressman Mark Takano for Congress in California’s 41st congressional district. Each candidate has received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction, a prerequisite for being considered for endorsement.

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund spent $30 million during the 2018 midterms, outspending the NRA for the first time. These investments and support helped flip the U.S. House to a gun sense majority. Since then, the U.S. House has passed landmark gun safety legislation, including H.R. 8, which would require background checks on all gun sales, and H.R. 1112, which would address the “Charleston loophole.”

“In 2018, Everytown went all-out to help elect a gun sense majority to the U.S. House, and that majority made gun safety one of their top priorities from Day One,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “In this time of unprecedented crisis, more voters than ever are demanding action on gun safety, and we’ll do everything in our power to help them send an even bigger gun sense majority to the House on Election Day.”

“We are so proud to endorse these gun sense champions,” said Celeste Perron, volunteer leader with Moms Demand Action in California. “Today, we’re saying loud and clear that lawmakers who have prioritized gun safety can count on our steadfast support.” 

Polling released last month demonstrates the surging intensity of Americans’ support for common-sense gun safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic, with a significant majority of Americans viewing background checks on all gun sales and disarming domestic abusers “more important” now than before the pandemic began.  

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund plan to spend $60 million on the 2020 elections — double what they spent during the 2018 elections, and more than any gun safety opponent, including the NRA, reported spending on the 2016 elections.

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