Press Release

STATEMENT: ARS PAC Endorses Candidates For The Virginia House of Delegates

August 29, 2017 — Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC (ARS PAC), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Navy Combat Veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, today announced its endorsement of 12 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates. Each of these candidates has demonstrated a strong commitment to gun violence prevention policies that help keep guns out of the wrong hands, protect the rights of law-abiding Americans and make Virginia a safer place to live.

The newly-endorsed candidates include:

Dawn Adams (House District 68)

John Bell (House District 87)

Karrie Delaney (House District 67)

Kelly Fowler (House District 21)

Jennifer Foy (House District 2)

Elizabeth Guzman (House District 31)

Chris Hurst (House District 12)

Mike Mullin (House District 93)

David Reid (House District 32)

Danica Roem (House District 13)

Shelly Simonds (House District 94)

Kathy Tran (House District 42)

Congresswoman Giffords:

“We need more leaders in the Virginia General Assembly with the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and stand with the overwhelming majority of Virginians who support commonsense change to help keep guns out of the wrong hands and save lives. We are confident that each of these leaders will be a strong voice for the responsible steps we need to help protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners, keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and prevent senseless gun tragedies.

“Every year, over 33,000 Americans are killed by a gun. Virginia has not been immune to this deadly crisis: somebody is killed with a gun in Virginia every 10 hours. The next Virginia General Assembly will have a real opportunity to make Virginia’s communities safer by closing the loopholes in the state’s background check laws, cracking down on gun trafficking and making it harder for domestic abusers to access firearms. Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC is proud to endorse these gun safety champions and look forward to them being a steady voice for responsibility in the Virginia House of Delegates.”

Today’s announcement by Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC comes on the heels of its endorsement of Ralph Northam for GovernorJustin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor, Mark Herring for Attorney General and Kathleen Murphy for the Virginia House of Delegates.