RELEASE: Giffords Endorses Slate of Gun Safety Champions for Pennsylvania House of Representatives
The endorsement comes as part of the Giffords #VoteCourage Campaign to elect gun reform candidates nationwide
October 11, 2018 — Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of eight candidates for Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
For too long, the gun lobby has blocked progress on any commonsense gun safety measures in Harrisburg. That has begun to change. In 2018, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill to remove firearms from those who have been convicted of domestic violence, the state’s first new gun violence prevention law in over a decade. Our endorsed leaders come from a variety of backgrounds, but are united in their belief that more needs to be done to save lives from gun violence. They will fight for extreme risk protection orders and expanded background checks while opposing the gun lobby’s dangerous attempts to weaken Pennsylvania’s firearms laws.
Statement from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords:
The newly-endorsed candidates include:
- Perry Warren – House District 31
- Steve Malagari – House District 53
- Tim Briggs – House District 149
- Todd Stephens – House District 151
- Carolyn Comitta – House District 156
- Leanne Krueger-Braneky – House District 161
- James Santora – House District 163
- Helen Tai – House District 178
The Giffords #VoteCourage campaign aims to elect gun safety advocates to Congress and defeat politicians who have historically worked against gun reform, or done nothing at all to prevent gun violence. The political program targets incumbents in mostly suburban districts and uses a mixture of TV and digital advertising, on-the-ground organizing, and a voter registration push to create momentum for meaningful progress on gun safety.