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Richard Bernstein, Everytown-Supported Gun Sense Candidate, Wins in Michigan

November 9, 2022

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety Illinois Spent More Than $700,000 in Michigan and Illinois this Election to Support State Supreme Court Candidates

Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action Volunteers Made Over Six Million Voter Contacts to Support Gun Sense Candidates Across the Country

LANSING — Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, declared a major victory today as voters re-elected Richard Bernstein to the Michigan State Supreme Court. 

“The dangerous rulings coming from the U.S. Supreme Court make it all the more important that we elect state judges like Richard Bernstein, who respects the people’s right to protect themselves from gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Electing judges who understand that the Second Amendment and common-sense gun laws go hand in hand is critical to the success of the gun safety movement.” 

“The judicial system plays a critical role in mitigating our gun violence crisis. This year, we saw the devastating impact an extremist bench can have on our public health and safety,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “With the re-election of Judge Richard Bernstein to the Supreme Court of Michigan, Michiganders have made it clear that they expect our judicial system to uphold the law and promote public safety.”

“Electing Supreme Court judges like Richard Bernstein that will issue fair and impartial rulings on gun safety issues, is an important part of addressing our country’s gun violence crisis and ensuring our states gun safety laws stay intact,” said Lindsay Warren, a volunteer with the Michigan chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We’re thankful that a gun sense champion Richard Bernstein has been elected to the bench.” 

Everytown spent more than $700,000 in Michigan and Illinois this election to support State Supreme Court candidates. Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers made over six million voter contacts through phone calls, text messages, door knocks, and more across the country this election cycle to support gun sense candidates up and down the ballot.

As part of its efforts this election cycle, Everytown also released polling this fall showing that the vast majority of voters in Michigan support common-sense gun safety laws, including 93% support for background checks on all gun sales. More information is available here
Read more about Everytown’s electoral engagement in Michigan this cycle.

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