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Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action Thank Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski for Her Leadership on Gun Violence Prevention

March 2, 2015

In response to today’s retirement announcement from Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, applaud her tireless leadership on gun violence prevention and common-sense gun reform.

Statement from Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:

“As the longest-serving woman in the history of the Senate, Senator Mikulski has made an incredible impact in advocating for sensible gun reforms since her first election nearly thirty years ago. She is a true champion for reducing gun violence in America, and we will miss her fearless leadership in the Senate. She used her authority overseeing the budget of the Justice Department to push for providing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the resources necessary to target illegal gun sales and reduce gun trafficking. Her strong and consistent support of background checks showcases her dedication to the issue as well. The gun safety movement will continue to look to her as a thought leader and she will continue to be a role model for women across America.”

Statement from Liz Banach, chapter leader of the Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action:

“Maryland moms have been proud to have Senator Mikulski representing our state for the last thirty years. Senator Mikulski has been at the forefront of the gun safety movement in the Senate, often using her committee leadership to encourage sensible policies like increasing funding for state and local governments to combat gun violence, including here in Maryland. We applaud her commitment to improving our nation’s gun laws, and we will miss having her leadership in the Senate.”

About Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million supporters and more than 40,000 donors including moms, mayors, survivors, and everyday Americans who are fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and help save lives. At the core of Everytown are Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of American mothers founded the day after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Learn more at www.everytown.org and follow us @Everytown

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2.5 million members and more than 40,000 donors. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand

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