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Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund Endorses Rep. Steny Hoyer for U.S. House


Rep. Hoyer is a Gun Sense Champion Who Will Fight for Common-Sense Gun Safety Measures in Congress

New Polling Shows Americans’ Support for Gun Safety Measures Has Surged Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

NEW YORK – Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund endorsed House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for Congress in Maryland’s fifth congressional district. Rep. Hoyer received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction, a prerequisite for being considered for endorsement.

Rep. Steny Hoyer has championed gun safety in the U.S. House, including voting for H.R. 8, which would require background checks on all gun sales, and H.R. 1112, which would address the “Charleston Loophole.” He has repeatedly stood with gun violence survivors and advocates to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “look a special interest group [the NRA] in the eye and say ‘enough is enough, it’s time to act.’”

“The data makes one thing crystal clear — gun safety is going to be a winning issue in each and every competitive race this year,” said Charlie Kelly, senior political advisor for Everytown for Gun Safety. “These endorsements are the first step in our election efforts, which will be a devastating one-two punch, combining unprecedented resources and unmatched grassroots power to send gun sense candidates from across the country to Washington.” 

“For decades, Steny Hoyer has been a tireless advocate for gun safety legislation,” said Kara Dudley, a volunteer with Maryland Moms Demand Action. “He’s had our back, and we’ll have his as we work to re-elect him come November.”

Polling released last week 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 at least $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.