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Everytown to Invest at Least $5 Million in “Gun Sense Majority: North Carolina” Electoral Initiative, Mobilize Grassroots Army to Elect Gun Sense Candidates Up and Down the Ballot

June 24, 2020

North Carolina Voters Support Strengthening Gun Laws by a 6:1 Margin

Everytown Plans to Spend $60 Million on the 2020 Elections — Double What They Spent During the 2018 Elections; In November 2019, Everytown Invested $2.5 Million to Flip the Virginia General Assembly to a Gun Sense Majority 

NEW YORK – Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund (together “Everytown”)  announced a new political initiative, “Gun Sense Majority: North Carolina” — a significant financial and grassroots effort dedicated to ensure Vice President Biden wins North Carolina, to defeat Senator Thom Tillis and elect Cal Cunningham in one of the country’s marquee U.S. Senate races, to re-elect Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, to defeat gun extremist Mark Robinson and elect Yvonne Lewis Holley as Lt. Governor, and to elect gun sense majorities in both chambers of the state legislature, which has ignored North Carolina’s gun violence crisis for years.  

Everytown also released a memo outlining their electoral plans for North Carolina, focusing on voters in the rapidly-growing and diverse Charlotte and Research Triangle regions. 


Everytown will invest at least $5 million in Gun Sense Majority: North Carolina, part of Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund’s $60 million electoral program for the 2020 elections. The initiative will bring to bear substantial resources and will harness the power of tens of thousands of Everytown, Moms Demand Action, and Students Demand Action supporters in North Carolina. 

“Make no mistake – North Carolina could decide the Presidency and the balance of the Senate,” said Charlie Kelly, senior political advisor for Everytown for Gun Safety. “We’re going all-in to show Donald Trump and Thom Tillis the door and to elect gun sense champions up and down the ballot.” 

“We’ve had it with lawmakers who’ve sat on their heels instead of standing up for gun safety,” said Jack Sinclair, a volunteer with the North Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We’ll knock every door – virtually or not – to elect candidates who’ll pass common-sense laws that will save lives.” 

Polling of North Carolina voters affirms that gun safety is a winning issue for voters across the state. North Carolinians overwhelmingly support stronger gun violence prevention laws and rate gun safety as a top priority for the 2020 elections. In fact, opposing background checks on all gun sales is the most toxic position a candidate can take among independent voters.

  • Voters support stronger gun laws by a 6:1 margin;
  • Voters broadly agree that it is possible to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them while also protecting the rights of gun owners by a near 2:1 margin (65% possible/35% not possible).
  • 91% of voters support background checks on all gun sales, including 95% of suburban women, while 84% overall support red flags laws, including 91% of suburban women.
  • 64% of voters say they would never vote for a candidate who doesn’t support background checks on all gun sales, and it was the TOP issue among independents by a two-point margin.

This year, Everytown will spend $60 million on the 2020 elections, doubling what they spent during the 2020 elections. In Virginia’s 2019 elections, Everytown was the largest outside investor, spending $2.5 million to flip the state’s General Assembly to a gun sense majority.

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