Reps. Speier and Panetta 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 Jackie Speier in California’s 14th congressional district and Congressman Jimmy Panetta in California’s 20th congressional district. Both candidates have 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, the American people sent a gun sense majority to the U.S. House, and all signs point to them growing that majority in 2020, and flipping the Senate while they’re at it,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Everytown will do everything in our power to help gun sense candidates mobilize the clear majority of voters who are clamoring for common sense gun laws.”
“Rep. Speier and Rep. Panetta have shown Californians their ability to lead on gun safety time and time again,” said Celeste Perron, a volunteer leader with Moms Demand Action in California. “We’re grateful to have these gun sense champions represent our voices in Congress, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that they hold on to their seats this election.”
Polling released in May 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.