Gun Safety Wins in Colorado: Giffords PAC Congratulates Slate of Endorsed Candidates
Denver, CO —Today, Giffords PAC, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, congratulated its endorsed candidates in Colorado who won their races for the Colorado legislature.
In recent years, Colorado has worked to pass important legislation to strengthen its gun safety laws, including an extreme risk protection order law, protections against domestic violence and hate crimes, and preemption reform. While Colorado has made steps to address gun violence, there is still more work to be done—and voters have even further strengthened the gun safety majority who will prioritize this issue in the upcoming state legislative session.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
“Coloradans showed up at the polls and made it clear that they want gun safety champions in office. Congratulations to our endorsed candidates on their victories. Coloradans have made great progress in the fight against gun violence, and these courageous leaders will do what it takes to keep pushing forward. Giffords PAC is proud to support these gun violence prevention champions and the work they do to make Colorado communities safer.”
Giffords PAC-endorsed candidates who have won their campaigns so far include:
- Representative Tom Sullivan (SD-27)
- Representative Judy Amabile (HD-49)
- Representative Jennifer Bacon (HD-07)
- Representative Lindsey Daugherty (HD-24)
- Representative Monica Duran (HD-23)
- Representative Meg Froelich (HD-03)
- Representative Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (HD-04)
- Representative Leslie Herod (HD-08)
- Representative Chris Kennedy (HD-23)
- Representative David Ortiz (HD-38)
- Representative Steven Woodrow (HD-06)
More on Giffords’s work in Colorado:
Giffords PAC also endorsed Senator Bennet, and has been deeply involved on the ground in Colorado throughout the 2022 cycle. This fall, Giffords PAC spent $2.5 million to air the ads on broadcast, cable, and digital platforms in Colorado to educate voters about Joe O’Dea’s refusal to stand up to the gun lobby.
In 2020, Giffords PAC focused on then-Sen. Cory Gardner’s $4 million in contributions from the NRA after he repeatedly opposed any gun violence prevention legislation and helped to elect John Hickenlooper, a longtime gun safety champion from his time as governor. In 2018, Giffords PAC ran an aggressive independent expenditure campaign to take on Republican incumbents in suburban battleground districts after they sided with the gun lobby, helping to flip CO-06 and send Rep. Jason Crow to Washington.
Giffords and Giffords Gun Owners for Safety have worked with state legislators to pass meaningful gun safety laws to address background checks and large-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as laws to require the reporting of a lost or stolen firearm and establish extreme risk protection orders. Most recently, after a mass shooting in Boulder, legislators passed laws to establish an Office of Gun Violence Prevention and close the Charleston Loophole, as well as enact a law to allow municipalities to regulate their own gun laws.
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