NEW YORK ― Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, today unveiled a lookup tool allowing voters to see if state and federal candidates have received a Moms Demand Action ‘Gun Sense Candidate’ distinction by satisfactorily completing a questionnaire and pledging to stand up for gun safety. The lookup tool, and more information on gun safety and getting involved, is available at: gunsensevoter.org.
At a time when the NRA has scrapped its now-toxic past grades from its website, more and more candidates are actively running on gun safety platforms. Moms Demand Action volunteers have been distributing questionnaires to candidates across the country and educating them on key policies and what it means to be a Gun Sense Candidate. To date, more than 2,600 candidates have sought and received a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction this cycle. Incumbents, challengers or open seat candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Senate, State House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives are eligible.
So far, there are Gun Sense Candidates in 46 states ― red, blue and purple. Criteria on the questionnaires for receiving the distinction includes a candidate’s stance on background checks and disarming domestic abusers. Criteria also includes stances on concealed carry reciprocity for federal candidates and red flag laws for state candidates. Everytown will continue to evaluate questionnaires and award the distinction to additional candidates in the coming weeks.
Moms Demand Action and Everytown are all in on the midterm elections, and the Gun Sense Candidate distinction program is just one example that gun safety and gun violence prevention are winning issues that candidates across the country are running on.
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“More and more voters are seeking out candidates who pledge to fight hard for gun safety ― and now it’s easier than ever to find them.”
STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Thousands of candidates are running on gun safety because they know that gun safety is a winning issue. No matter the state or district, the vast majority of Americans want common sense gun laws, and clearly candidates are paying attention. We look forward to electing Gun Sense Candidates in November and working with them for years to come.”